Neuropsychiatric doctors treat psychological and behavioral effects and symptoms of those suffering from mental illness and neurological diseases. Unlike psychologists, who provide non-medicated treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, neuropsychiatric doctors provide medical solutions to treating mental illness and neurological diseases.
However, before a patient can partake in neuropsychiatric programs for treatment they need to first undergo a neuropsychiatric evaluation. This evaluation helps to determine what the best course of action is to treat your possible condition.
What goes into a neuropsychiatric evaluation?
Neuropsychiatric evaluations are used to determine what treatments may work best for a patient based on their mental illness or neurological condition. For instance, people suffering from clinical depression may be treated with anti-depressant medications and behavioral therapy whereas those with Alzheimer’s may be treated with reminiscence therapy and cognitive-enhancing medication.
A neuropsychiatric evaluation involves an interview, a series of self-reports, and an administration of tests. These tests will evaluate your mood, perceptions, memory, motivation, attention, executive function, sensorimotor functions, and more. These tests are largely pencil-and-paper tests.
Neuropsychiatric doctors will compare your individual scores to the data of an average healthy individual to determine a pattern of cognitive functioning and to learn more about your brain functions.
Why was a neuropsychiatric evaluation recommended to me?
Your doctor may have recommended a neuropsychiatric evaluation even if you have already been diagnosed with a mental illness or other condition. This is because a neuropsychiatric evaluation helps to document patterns of strengths and weaknesses in your cognitive and behavioral functioning.
For instance, those who have Parkinson’s disease can use a neuropsychiatric evaluation to assist in a differential diagnosis and to assist in determining whether a specific neurosurgical procedure is the right option.
It can also be used to identify areas of daily functioning where patients may need rehabilitation and to document your brain functioning to compare evaluations in the future if necessary. This can be beneficial for when a patient’s brain functioning begins to decline; doctors will be able to identify it early on.
Where can I find inpatient psychiatric care facility?
More than 80% of those with symptoms of clinical depression don’t receive any specific treatment for their depression. An inpatient psychiatric care facility could be what you need to get the neuropsychiatric geriatric care you need.
NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals offers long term psychiatric stays for geriatric patients who need neurobehavioral care. To learn more about our neuropsychiatric programs for Alzheimers, PTSD, and other disorders, contact us today.