Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology

Whole-patient care is one of the primary principals of the Alan and Barbara Mirken Department of Neurology’s treatment philosophy. The neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology experts are instrumental in the department’s mission to provide comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of an individual’s diagnosis. Working in consultation with the department’s neurologists, including ALS, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy specialists, the department’s neuropsychiatrist and neuropsychologist address behavioral, emotional, and cognitive aspects of movement disorders. While each discipline plays a distinct role in the neurology center and a patient’s treatment, both are key components to implementing a multi-faceted approach that enriches patients’ daily lives relating not only to their neurological conditions but also the world beyond their movement disorders.

The Role of Neuropsychiatry
The division’s neuropsychiatrist works collaboratively with the department’s neurologists to treat and manage the emotional and cognitive symptoms of neurological diseases. Such symptoms can include depression, anxiety, psychosis, hallucinations, and/or cognitive loss. Treatment can include psychotherapy and/or medication. Treating the psychiatric consequences of movement disorders allows patients to cultivate the best possible quality of life while also managing their medical issues.

The Role of Neuropsychology
The department’s neuropsychologist evaluates both children and adults who have symptoms or concerns regarding memory, concentration, language, problem solving, organization, perception, mood, or personality. These changes can be mild or severe, and they may stem from various neurological, medical, or psychological causes. Patients can refer themselves to the doctor or their physicians can refer them. The examination can provide valuable information that will help differentiate among illnesses, refine your diagnosis, and assist with treatment recommendations. Some of the most common reasons that a patient may see a neuropsychologist include (but are not limited to):

  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Brain tumor
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Genetic disorders
  • Lyme disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Attention deficit
  • Language disorder
  • Learning disability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality changes

Depending on the results of the examination, a patient may be referred to a neurologist, an ALS, Parkinson’s, or epilepsy specialist, or other physician. Treatment recommendations may include medication, referral to a speech and occupational therapy, psychotherapy, educational accommodations, and cognitive remediation.

Outreach Efforts
In addition to holding eight different support groups each month for patients and caregivers, the department sponsors an annual all-day caregivers support symposium. There, the department’s neuropsychiatrist and neuropsychologist work closely with the caregivers in helping families access mental health care for the patients and support for themselves and any caregivers.

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