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What is involved in a neuro-psych eval? Do they just ask you questions and see how you respond?

Nice to know it's not just in your head and now you have proof!! :)

Its a couple hours of various mental tests that test Visual memory, written memory, speaking, reading, comprehension, reflexes, spelling skills, reading skills, math, ability to think on the fly, and various combinations

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Was this testing done by a psychologist? I would love to have this done. What kinds of questions did you ask to find the correct specialist?

Liz

Yes. It's kind of interesting how I found him. I bring up POTS to pretty much everyone. Sooner or later you find people with connections (6 degrees of separation, heard of it?). Eventually found out there was a doctor who lived in my neighborhood.He knew some folks, and they all suggested a couple psychiatrists. But they all had one name in common and he's the guy I went to.

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Liz,

I had mine done at Hopkins but I think it's pretty common testing. It's one of the types of testing they run on people who they suspect of having dementia or Alzheimer's. Mine was ordered by a neuro prior to knowing I had POTS. I should warn you that it was a little frustrating for me because the results showed I was average to above average in everything. But what it couldn't ultimately tell us is what level I tested at before the onset of my symptoms. So, other than knowing that I didn't have any indication of dementia, it didn't tell us anything else either. Although the psychiatrist did rule out depression and anxiety from our lengthy interview which is part of the process.

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Prior to my diagnosis, I had a basic psychiatric evaluation I used to take to every doctor appointment after 5 or so doctors told me I was depressed and/or anxious. When the doctor would come up empty handed and ask if I'd ever looked into depression, I'd tell them yes I have and point them toward the psychiatric evaluaution in my file. I'd ask if they had any other ideas. It was really nice because, not be rude, but it shut them up. It used to be I'd explain I wasn't depressed and the doctor would explain to me what depression is and explain denial is common. Grr.. Anyways, I can only imagine how much weight an in depth evaluation such as this would hold if my simple psych evaluation was enough for most doctors!

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