A standard psychological assessment typically evaluates general cognitive and personality functioning and is geared toward diagnosing psychiatric conditions. A standard assessment has the capacity to diagnose a condition such as ADHD based on behavior, but it lacks the specificity to understand what underlying cognitive processes are contributing to the symptoms and therefore cannot give as many customized recommendations for treatment.
Neuropsychological assessment is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive processes. We can evaluate neurological or neurodevelopmental disorders, and understand the etiology and evolution of a disorder over the lifespan. Neuropsychology integrates genetic, developmental, and environmental history with testing data to better understand brain functioning. With a comprehensive assessment of a person’s cognitive and personality functioning, we can make customized recommendations.
To understand cognitive strengths and weaknesses, neuropsychological testing typically evaluates:
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