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Exclamation Neuropsychologist Evaluation? - November 5th 2010, 03:28 AM

(this is probably in the wrong category, sorry)

Have you guys ever had to have one? My doctor is scheduling one for me soon and I have no clue what I should do. I'm really scared about what might happen once I tell them all the things wrong with me and my life. I'd like to keep myself out of our state's only asylum.


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Re: Neuropsychologist Evaluation? - November 5th 2010, 07:21 AM

I haven't had a neuropsychological evaluation but I do study in this area and have done research papers for university in it. The evaluation begins with the neuropsychologist having an interview with you and possibly your parents if you want them to be in it. You tell them what you are experiencing and since you likely were referred to them, they have some knowledge of what you're experiencing but it's not a lot. You probably will be put through a battery of tests and may also get neuroimaging scans if you haven't had recent ones yet. These tests often have you say or do something and often it takes a while since there are many tests done one after the other. They may also involve tests where you fill out tests by answering questions.

I cant tell you what the specific tests would be since there are numerous ones. Some may seem odd because of the tasks they ask you to do but what I've read on here from other people's experiences is that it takes a while and not very exciting.

You may end up getting a rather lengthy report that gives the results and the meaning of them along with a suggested diagnosis but not right away. Don't be intimidated by its length because much of it is reciting the results which are meaningless if you haven't studied in the field but they're required to give the results.

Just a tip of advice, as much as you may want to avoid being hospitalized, I wouldn't lie on the tests because many have scales designed to detect if you're lying and others can detect this by inconsistencies that are only explained by you lying. It's also problematic when this is told to you as it brings another issue in and more stress.


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