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Neuropsychiatry (NP)

Neuropsychiatry sees how your stroke has affected your cognitive and behavioural functions.  

 

Your NP will be able to determine if you're ready to return to work, drive, etc.  They also help to see how you have been affected emotionally.

Neuropsychology is a specialised field within psychology that focuses on the relationship between

brain function, mood, and behaviour. Neuropsychology focuses on understanding how various brain

structures and systems contribute to cognitive, emotional, and behavioural processes.

Neuropsychologists are often involved in assessing cognition (memory and other thinking skills)

following acquired neurological events such as a Traumatic Brain Injury or stroke and in

neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease. They will also be

involved in the assessments of mood and behaviour using self and others' reports, observations, and

rating scales, in addition to information about an individual's developmental, educational,

occupational social and medical history.

Neuropsychological assessments help develop tailored treatment plans for individuals with brain-

related disorders. These plans might include cognitive rehabilitation and/or psychological support for

mood disorders such as anxiety or depression. In rehabilitation settings, they often work within interdisciplinary teams composed of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists,

Physiotherapists, Neurologists and Psychiatrists. This rehabilitation aims to help

restore/compensate for difficulties in functioning and improve daily activities.

Neuropsychologists may also be involved in scientific research aimed at further enhancing our

understanding about brain function and its implications.

The benefits of an individual receiving a neuropsychological assessment as part of their assessment

and treatment is that it provides detailed information about an individual's cognitive strengths and

weaknesses, helping clinicians make accurate diagnoses of neurological and neuropsychological

disorders. This leads to appropriate treatment and intervention strategies. By understanding how

specific areas of the brain are affected, neuropsychologists can, alongside their colleagues, design

personalised treatment plans that target the unique challenges faced by each individual.

Contributing to rehabilitation, neuropsychologists help individuals regain or compensate for lost

skills, adapt to new challenges, and enhance their overall quality of life. Neuropsychologists also play

a role in educating patients and their families about the nature of brain-related conditions and the

available strategies for coping and support.

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