with Jennifer L. Hartey, Psy.D.
Serving the Huntingdon County, PA, Area
What Are the Reasons for Psychological Testing?
There may be a number of reasons for psychological and neuropsychological testing. A traumatic accident may result in brain injury, for example. We perform an evaluation to discover affected aspects or areas of the brain and memory, and severity of the impact.
Testing itself may take one or more sessions, depending on the type of evaluation(s) needed. The referring physician may often determine this upon arrangement, to cover the diagnostic aspects under review.
How Important is the Testing?
Of concern to primary doctors may be the loss of memory in a patient, particularly if they have suffered head injury. Other patients who have been in an accident may have some memory, but lose executive functioning or other neuropsychological abilities. Thorough testing gives doctors an accurate diagnosis, plan appropriate therapy, and offer a more precise prognosis for recovery.
After a traumatic brain injury, there may be additional conditions that arise as part of being ill, such as depression or anxiety, which can have an impact on how effective treatment might be. Often, it may be possible to provide treatment for these additional factors along with other therapy, with the patient monitored for the full effectiveness of treatment and to avoid unforeseen setbacks.
How Quickly Can I Make an Initial Appointment with Dr. Hartey?
Primary physicians can typically make initial appointments for patients with Dr. Hartey within two weeks from referral. We can usually schedule testing within three to five weeks. Therefore, the time for the evaluation may take about a month, overall. Call us today at (814) 321-8925, or contact us online for any additional inquiries.