In the past, the major focus of neuropsychology has been largely diagnostic and primarily concerned with relationships between lesion localization and subsequent cognitive/behavioral alterations. Currently the primary issue, especially in forensic and clinical settings, is to determine an individual’s functional capacity.
The rapid rise of digital media use has been shown to worsen ADHD symptoms and the overall state of adolescents with ADHD. This phenomenon is called Problematic Digital Media Use (PDMU) which includes use of social media, video games, television shows,
Has your family member or partner been having increasing difficulty with independent living skills, including paying bills, food shopping, driving, or completing daily activities such as getting dressed, bathing, or eating? These difficulties, along with memory and other thinking problems, often bring families of the individuals affected by these symptoms to a neuropsychologist.
Psychotherapy today includes a number of different approaches. In order to be effective, it is important to understand the type of patient you are treating, and the ability of the neuropsychologist or mental health professional to deliver the appropriate care. First,
The gifted child is very much misunderstood, at times academically neglected, and difficult overall to identify. Many gifted children are inaccurately diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Mood Disorders. Here are some traits consistent with a gifted child: Thirst for knowledge,
In theory, winter is a season for rest, hibernation, and rejuvenation. In actuality, many people struggle with restlessness, insomnia, and seasonal blues. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is associated with different causes, patterns, and targets for treatment. For instance, some people struggle with “delayed sleep onset”,
Grief is a natural response to loss. Most people associate grief with death of someone in their lives, however it can also occur due to other major losses (e.g., job, relationship, physical disability). While there is no rule for how long the suffering should last,
Nonverbal Learning Disability (NVLD) is a learning disability that causes difficulty with motor, visual-spatial, social skills, etc. Individuals with NVLD are often well-spoken and can write well, but struggle with subtle social cues and comprehension of abstract concepts. It is not uncommon for NVLD to go undiagnosed until adulthood,
I’d like to present a case I treated that may help other families. An early 50s male was referred to me by a neurologist because of recent thinking and behavioral changes. He had seizures due to a condition he was born with called Chiari malformation causing a mild learning disability in school and missed by the school system.
A transactional model exists between a parent and a child. A child is born with sensitivities and emotional reactivity that can stress an environment, especially when the environment is not well suited to meet the child’s needs. Meaning, the interaction between the child’s behavior and the parent’s reaction to it can further emotionally dysregulate the child if the environment is unable to respond appropriately.