Neuropsychiatric Evaluation - Has anyone had one?

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Another Day
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   Posted 8/25/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
My next step is to have a neuropsychiatric evaluation, which my neurologist is scheduling.  It will be done as an out-patient at Vanderbilt.  Has anyone ever had one?  From what I've read, a neuropsychiatrist specializes in the pathology of the higher brain at the neurological levels.    eyes
 
Carla

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   Posted 8/26/2007 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carla,
 
I have never had a neuropsychiatric evaluation before, but you are right about the neuropsychiatrist and what they do. I hope someone comes forward and tells you as I am now curious as well. Looks like you finally found something I dont know! lol
 
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   Posted 8/26/2007 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Carla,

Re: Neuro/psyc exam ~ I had one done in 2004.

It was actually requested by my employer (Government of Canada).

Since I had Epilepsy since 1979, Eventually the side effects from the MEDS ( not the EP) was effecting my learning ability and quick thinking (I used to be an Administrative manager) and eventually there were certain things that I couldn't do as well as before.

My employer, with help from Human Resources, requested that I have a "Neuro/psyc" examination done so they could determine from that what I could/couldn't do (in my case anyway)and they would know if I was just trying to get out of doing certain things.

Original sent to my employer and a copy to my Neuro.

Basically ~ they ask a little history, what meds you are on (to see if your story matched the Neuologist's) and how you react to the meds.

Then a memory test ~ you have to look at a puzzle for 30 seconds and then put all the pieces back together, different shaped and/or colored cards ~ they will tell you a story, have you do something else and then 15 mins. later they'll ask you to recite the story again ~ check you're dexterity by seeing how fast you can move your fingers on a keyboard ~ memorize numbers from the computer screen, first 4 digit, then 5 digit etc. ~ then they ask you what certain words mean ~ then a word association test.

How degrading. I felt like I was in kindergarden.

It takes a couple of hours.

 

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Another Day
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   Posted 8/26/2007 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Randy,
 
Even though it does sound degrading, I hate puzzles.  I'll probably get frustrated with that part of it.  I should do fine on the keyboard part.  At least now I know a little bit about what to expect.
 
 I am having some problems with memory, but I think it is medication related.  I think I'm on too much seizure medication because I feel pretty lethargic most of the time.  I take 2500 mg. of Keppra, 1 mg. of Klonipin and 300 mg. of Topamax per day.  My neurologist thinks I am depressed, which I am a little, but I think a lot of it is from my medication making me feel lethargic.  I talked to him on the phone about this the other day and he agreed to let me cut back to 2000 mg. of the Keppra, so I'm going to see if that helps.  If I see a difference and I haven't had a seizure in two weeks, I'm going to ask him if I can cut back more on the Keppra.
 
Any suggestions?  I'm still new at this, just being diagnosed last August even though I did have a few seizures between the ages of 12-13 and one in 1983 when my little brother died.  These are totally different.
 
Thanks!
 
Carla

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   Posted 8/28/2007 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your input Randy. I was curious to know what they were as well and now I know!

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