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Whether it’s a concussion, or a possible dementia, epilepsy, depression — no matter the kind of referral, we treat each patient the same way in that we do an extended interview with them — and maybe their family member or friend if they happen to come in — and then we proceed to these objective neuropsychological or cognitive tests. So we would give memory tests for example. A memory test could be for verbal material, where we read them stories and a list of words and measure their ability to learn this immediately — and also what can they recall after a delay of maybe 30 minutes. We might also do tests of visual memory where they’re shown geometric shapes that they have to learn and remember after delay.
Just giving feedback to patients as to where they are in terms of their cognitive abilities can be very useful to the patients and their families — and the physicians — and really let them know that they are ok — or if there is a problem, what is the problem and what’s the best way to treat it. So sometimes patients are on the right track in sensing that there is something going on, but they need confirmation of that and how to treat it. Other times patients just have the wrong idea of how they’re doing. They really are quite ok, but it’s only through the objective testing that that can be demonstrated, that they know that things are not as bad as they thought. That they indeed can go on and live their life in the way that they want to live it.