NeuroPsych Testing for Memory Problems

Are you experiencing memory loss but unsure of how to handle it? Maybe you’re having trouble concentrating and can’t get a clear picture of your daily tasks. Dr. Habib Khan of Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography cares for many patients like you who have unexplained memory loss.

The good news is that a simple test, called a neuropsychological test, can be extremely helpful in figuring out what’s causing your memory loss.

What is memory loss?

Some degree of memory loss and a slight decline in other thinking skills are fairly common aspects of life, especially as you age. Everyone experiences some level of forgetfulness. However, there's a difference between normal changes in memory and memory loss associated with something more serious, such as dementia or Huntington’s disease. 

Think of memory loss as unusual forgetfulness that disrupts life. Forgetting information that you recently learned or important dates such as a family member’s birthday could be signs of serious memory loss. Difficulty completing familiar tasks like using your TV remote or driving to a location you know well are also signs that your memory could be taking a turn for the worse. 

Memory loss can be temporary or long term. It may subside on its own, or it may require specialized treatment to manage it or reverse it. A neuropsychological test is crucial in determining your best course of action.

What is a neuropsychological test?

A neuropsychological test is an assessment of how your brain works, providing information on the structural and functional coherence of your brain. Typically, a review of your medical history, an in-depth interview, and a few standardized written tests are used in the evaluation. X-rays and other electronic machines are not used in this type of testing. 

A neuropsychological test can evaluate many different areas, including:

However, when you come in for a neuropsychological test, you’re only evaluated on the area for which you were referred (in this case, memory loss). Generally speaking, you can expect your neuropsychological test to last two-five hours, with testing length influenced by your situation.

Preparing for a neuropsychological test

Here are a few things you should do before you arrive for your neuropsychological test:

Sleep

Make sure to get a good night’s rest before your test. Tiredness will impact how you think and perform during the test.

No alcohol

You should not consume any alcohol the night before your test.

Breakfast

Eat a good breakfast that will keep you satiated and energized for the test.

Medication

If you take regular medication, including sleep medicine, ask us if it’s alright to take the night before and day of your neuropsychological test.

If you’re suffering from memory loss, a neuropsychological might help get to the bottom of it. call us today for a consultation.

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