Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by AmyH, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. AmyH

    AmyH New Member

    I know this is probably a silly question, but what is a neuropsychologist? I have posted before and we have taken difficult child to Psychologist, Psychiatrist and counselors. We still don't have a clue what is going on. He is still seeing the "serpent man", having mood swings, always has a stomach ache, and wicked anxiety.

    We have been through the gamot of stimulants, several antidepressants, and 4-3 mood stabilizers.

    I just want to help him.
  2. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    From my non-expert memory, a neuro psyche in trained in both psychology and neurology and knows more about how the physical vs psychological aspects of the brain and behavior. I think. Prolly not a great explanation.
  3. nvts

    nvts Active Member

    Hey Amy! A neuropsychologist is a specialist in, you got it, neurology and psychology! Ok, enought being a wise guy here! lol

    Most of us suggest that you get a full neuropsychologist because they test our kids every way from Sunday to see what's making them tick. People have said that their testing has lasted anywhere from 4 to 12 hours over a few days.

    Typically, you can find them at a Teaching Hospital or Children's Hospital. It takes a loooooonnnngggg time to get an appointment. so once you track them down, you want to make an appointment. as quickly as possible!

    Hope this helps!

  4. smallworld

    smallworld Moderator

    A neuropsychologist is a clinical psychologist who has extra training in how the brain functions. Beth is right that they can typically be found at university teaching and children's hospitals.
  5. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    We would still be spinning our wheels if a neuropsychologist hadn't done ten hours of testing on our son. I'm angry that we waited so long to take him to one. They are not all created equal, but a good one is home spun gold. in my opinion they beat the heck out of even psychiatrists. They certainly spend a lot more time testing and observing, and they tend to draw their own conclusions and not give in to parental suggestions or what other doctors or therapists said. All the old diagnosis. were flushed down the toilet after the neuropsychologist exam and we realized we were dealing with autistic issues (high functioning ones), not ADHD/ODD/bipolar/ABC/WXYZ. Since then, my son has done nothing but shine. It's truly a change for the better. And he's not even on medications.