The link between brain and behavior

At the Neuropsychology Department we provide psychological help to a great variety of patients, from children with academic failure, learning difficulties or behavioral disorders to adults with neuropsychiatric problems of different types, neurodegenerative disorders and/or movement disorders.

Why is a neuropsychological assessment useful?

Neuropsychological assessment enables the establishment of the cognitive and psychological status of the patient, in order to ascertain accurately the existence of possible lesions or disorders in the brain which might impact the patient’s everyday life.

Neuropsychological diagnosis can contribute to the identification of the presence of slight, early cognitive disturbances when they do not yet compromise the patient’s daily activity.

This early detection is particularly important in pathologies such as dementias, or in metabolic or toxic processes, where having the tools to enable differential diagnosis is a priority.

When should a neuropsychological assessment be performed?

It is usually advisable to perform a neuropsychological assessment when suspicions, symptoms or complaints arise regarding memory, attention or reasoning.

Diseases of a neurological nature, such as dementias or cerebrovascular accidents, usually progress with changes in the ability to concentrate, memory issues, reasoning and even concerning behavior and emotions.

Neurological assessments are also performed in psychological and psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, major depression, anxiety disorders (anxiety crises, claustrophobia), obsessive-compulsive disorder or substance addiction disorders, among others, as they frequently entail a compromise of the cognitive function of the individual.