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Cognitive Testing

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” Zen proverb

Cognitive TestingRecovering from any form of trauma, mental health disorder, addiction, or substance abuse is never a smooth and easy path. The road to health and wellness is oftentimes bumpy and crooked and, unfortunately, there are no known shortcuts. But worry not. Though the journey may be long and winding, you will certainly reach your destination so long as strict adherence to doctors’ advice and recommendations is continued.

After following through with our suggested initial care program, the next and final step is complying with our recommended recovery program, putting hard emphasis on regular visits for cognitive testing and monitoring of recovering patients.

Repetitive and relentless determination truly is the key to your successful recovery or that of your loved ones.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier

What is Cognitive Testing?

First and foremost, let us define “cognition.” Cognition is the collective term that points to the correlation of the following:

  • Your manner of performance with regards to daily tasks.
  • Your capacity for information retention, and the corresponding practical application of such information.
  • Your overall brain functionality.

On a deeper aspect, cognition is your collective spatial, verbal, logical, and problem solving ability. The presence of mental health disturbances results in the impairment of one or more of these aspects. Cognitive testing is specially designed to investigate, evaluate, and assess such impairments.

Also referred to as psychometric or neurocognitive testing, cognitive testing is conducted on patients in order to assess their current mental state, making sure to identify and impede early indications of potential relapse. In other words, it is a feasible way of determining a patient’s condition and monitoring his or her progress or the lack of it.

What to Expect During Cognitive Testing

While cognitive testing has been established for over a century, it has undergone the necessary development and improvement over the decades. Before the boom of the computer age in the 1970s, cognitive tests were originally done through the rudimentary ‘pencil and pen’ approach.

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Today, although computerized evaluations are adapted for better accuracy in data reporting, the old-fashioned information gathering technique in the form of personal interviews is still widely used by many modern health care professionals. Generally, here’s what to expect during cognitive testing:

  • The therapist will personally conduct a question-and-answer type of test directly with the patient, in order to learn about the symptoms firsthand.
  • Immediate family members, or other relatives involved, will also be asked to participate in a personal dialogue with the therapist. Each will be interviewed individually, and then as a group, in order for the therapist to identify corresponding issues on the basis of family response.
  • Also expect to undergo computerized testing and evaluation, as well as medical assessment procedures such as physical examinations, blood testing, and brain scans.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Carl Bard

The following cognitive areas to be tested are as follows:

  • The patient’s physical statistics such as age, height and weight, as well as his or her vital signs.
  • The patient’s focus, concentration, and attention span.
  • His or her recent past and memories.
  • His or her language skills and ability, such as reading, writing and speaking.
  • His or her judgment, reasoning, and problem solving aptitude.

The Importance of Cognitive Testing

Cognitive testing plays a huge role in every patient’s recovery process. By consenting to our professional health care team’s series of assessments, you are securing a path to recovery and wellness. After proper assessment and diagnosis, together we can design a comprehensive and effective treatment plan that will best suit the patient’s specific long-term needs.

It is never too late for you to start over again. We are here to make your journey a whole lot easier.

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