Adolescents and adults taking neuropsychological examinations may have a long history of problems, which never have been diagnosed or treated properly. There may be puzzling and upsetting symptoms, such as disorganization, difficulty concentrating, impulsivity, outbursts, perceptual distortions, headaches, learning problems or memory difficulties despite a normal level of intelligence. They may be suffering from being teased, scolded, or have a history of inability to succeed in school or keep a job.
For others, problems may be the result of a recent injury or illness. People may worry whether they will regain abilities or if their memory will deteriorate as in Alzheimer's Disease.
Dr. Stutman understands these worries and puts patients at ease. The examination consists of interviews and tests of various functions, such as attention, language and non-language learning, memory, problem solving, spatial orientation, motor coordination, emotions, moods, and thoughts. Tests are verbal, visual, and coordination tasks, not needles or any other invasive procedures. Being open and trying hard increase the exam's usefulness. Often, a diagnosis and explanation for puzzling symptoms can be relieving. The findings are used for getting the best treatments and progress for our patients. If you use glasses, a hearing aid, or other assistive device, please be sure to bring it.