The Role of the Neuropsychologist in the Aftermath of a Traumatic Brain Injury

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A traumatic brain injury is an extremely distressing event that disrupts and alters an individual’s way of life. The brain informs and directs all our behavior patterns, and when an injury takes place this can severely impact someone’s ability to concentrate, recall memories, and solve problems. They may feel extremely alienated, confused and frustrated as a result. Receiving confirmation of the injury is the best way to proceed, and it helps the patient feel heard. 

So, what is a neuropsychologist and how can they help? A neuropsychologist studies the relationship between the brain and our behavior. Whereas psychologists concentrate on emotions and introspection in order to determine what the problem is and how to move forward, neuropsychologists focus on the ways in which traumatic brain injuries and other disorders inhibit cognitive processes. If you believe you or someone you care about could be suffering from a traumatic brain injury, a neuropsychologist can make a proper assessment and develop a thorough treatment plan.

Neuropsychological Assessment

The first step towards treating a traumatic brain injury is determining whether or not an individual has one, and if so, how severe the case is. The only way to do this is to visit an experienced neuropsychologist who can perform an appropriate assessment. During an assessment, they will perform multiple tests to ascertain changes in memory, learning, reasoning, focus, language, motor skills, and spatial perception.

At Reflect Neuropsychology, our traumatic brain injury assessments may include brain imaging, hands-on testing, computerized tests and various observations. Typically, we also speak with the patient and their family members and evaluate any information at our disposal (such as medical records or previous treatments) to make a complete diagnosis.

Developing a Treatment Plan

After the completion of an assessment period, a neuropsychologist will sit down with the individual and their family members to discuss what specific complications they are dealing with. Then, a treatment plan is developed for future recovery. Depending on the severity of the case, a full recovery may not always be possible. However, many people suffering from a traumatic brain injury will see steady improvement over time with the help of rehabilitation methods. These methods can include psychotherapy and various cognitive exercises as well as other approaches that are customized to suit a patient’s unique needs.

Neuropsychologists such as the specialists at Reflect Neuropsychology will also work with the individual and their family to navigate this immense adjustment period. For example, someone suffering with a traumatic brain injury may need help with basic tasks like getting dressed, eating, using the bathroom and traveling from place to place.

No matter the situation, anyone working through this challenging time deserves all the assistance and care they need. Visiting a neuropsychologists is the first step towards receiving that support. 

Reflect Neuropsychology Can Help After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Reflect Neuropsychology is a leading neuropsychology firm in Southern California, specializing in counseling, therapy and neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents and adults. We also can address your medicolegal needs and provide expert witness testimony, legal examination of medical records as well as independent medical examinations for capacity assessments and more. As a highly specialized practice, we can focus on evidence-based, personally tailored treatment and evaluation. To learn more about our services and schedule an appointment, visit us online or call us at (818) 324-3800.

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