Recovering 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.
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 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.
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:
Also expect to undergo computerized testing and evaluation, as well as medical assessment procedures such as physical examinations, blood testing, and brain scans.
The following cognitive areas to be tested are as follows:
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.