What will my neuropsychology appointment be like?

For adults, your appointment usually lasts about 4 hours including breaks. For children, the process will take a little bit longer to allow time for academic assessment. A lot of people are anxious when they first arrive, but this worry almost always subsides when they recognize how well things are explained and how relaxed the process is. We begin with the interview to better understand your concerns and ensure that Dr. Brietzke knows exactly what is concerning to you. Then we spend the next couple of hours doing the neuropsychological tests themselves. These tests consist of a series of special puzzles, memory tests, questions, and paper & pencil tests that help Dr. Brietzke understand your unique pattern of cognitive functioning.

What To Bring To Your Appointment

  • Please bring photocopies of available medical records, a list of your medications, reports from your doctors, any previous brain scans and phone numbers for your doctors.
  • Please don’t take stimulant medications (i.e. medications for ADHD) on the day of testing.
  • Please bring glasses and hearing aids if you use them.

The Day Of Your Appointment

Your appointment will last between three and four hours. For children, testing is somewhat longer because we also perform an in-depth assessment of academic functioning.

We will begin with an interview to determine what your concerns are. This is a very relaxed interview with Dr. Brietzke lasting about an hour. This extended period of time together gives him the opportunity to really understand what your concerns are. The interview is also your opportunity to ask questions and get answers.

Then, we will begin testing. One of the first things we may do is the qEEG. Then, you will spend the next couple of hours doing the neuropsychological tests themselves. These tests consist of a series of special puzzles, memory tests, questions, and paper & pencil tests. Dr. Brietzke will guide you through the entire process, making sure that all directions are clear and that you are comfortable with the pace of the tests. For us to get the best quality data, it is essential that you feel comfortable with every aspect of the process, so we spend a lot of time ensuring that you can relax and feel comfortable. Rest assured, you may take a break from the testing whenever you need to. Because the puzzles and tests are challenging, you may be a bit tired when we are done. These tests will give your brain a real workout!

Learning About Your Results

About a week after you complete testing, you will meet with Dr. Brietzke to go over your test results and our recommendations for your treatment. He will provide you with a clear, easy to understand explanation of how you performed and what those test results mean. Dr. Brietzke will also let you know what you can expected in the future as well as the most effective treatment options for your case. Loved ones are encouraged to join this feedback session and asking questions is encouraged. In addition to the feedback session, you will receive a written report. Dr. Brietzke also forwards on a copy of your report to the other clinicians who are treating you (with your permission, of course.)

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