Challenges for Clinical Neuropsychology
The following examples are composites of possible neuropsychological assessment cases. These cases are composites in order to protect the identity of patients and the treating providers.
Case #1: A 54-year-old female patient is referred for neuropsychological testing by her neurologist after suffering a stroke. Prior to the stroke the patient was a high-functioning professional, active in her community, and raising three children. The patient’s primary complaints were an inability to concentrate, focus, and clouding in her cognition. She also has problems with her speech in that she cannot express herself as easily and often seems detached and less emotionally expressive than she used to be. Additionally, her husband has pointed out that she seems to forget the names of things. Although she understands that she has had a stroke, she doesn’t know what this means for her ability to function at work, which she takes a great deal of pride in. Her neurologist refers her for a...