Putting It All Together: Two CTNA Case Examples
Case #1. Dementia or Pseudodementia?
This is a case of a woman we’ll call Jane. Jane sought a neuropsychological evaluation from me (Dr. Gorske), after seeing a neurologist, initially for a second opinion regarding medical problems she was having, but in the process she revealed that she had been experiencing memory and concentration difficulties that were affecting her work. She told her neurologist that she had noticed memory difficulties for many years, but over the last year, these seemed to worsen. She was worried that she might have a serious neurological problem, such as dementia, so she wanted to be evaluated in order to either put her mind to rest or begin some type of preventative treatment. I received the referral from the neurologist, with a prescription indicating that the purpose of the evaluation was to assess for a dementia or a pseudodementia. Jane was scheduled for about 2 weeks later.
When I met Jane, her level of focus and sense of purpose struck me immediately. I...