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Neuropsychology is a specialty of Psychology that is related to Neurology and focuses on the study of the relationship between the brain and human behavior. It is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies of the central nervous system. Investigates brain injuries, diseases, disorders, and dysfunctions that affect cognition, emotions, and behavior.

Neuropsychologists work with a variety of populations, from children to the elderly, and can help diagnose and treat a wide range of problems, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), of attention and hyperactivity (ADHD), learning disorders, among others.

This professional can help develop rehabilitation strategies for individuals who have suffered brain injuries or other neurological problems, as well as counsel and support patients and their families.

If you are experiencing cognitive or behavioral challenges, our Neuropsychologist can help you identify the causes and develop a personalized treatment plan to improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment today and start transforming your life for the better.

Intervention areas:
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Neurological diseases
  • Psychiatric illnesses
  • Memory difficulties
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Executive functioning difficulties

Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDP) are neurological disorders that affect the normal development of the nervous system and that can be noticed at birth or later, and can last throughout life. Genetic, environmental factors or a combination of both are pointed out as the cause of these disturbances. There are cases of unknown cause.

These disturbances manifest themselves at the level of development and/or behavior of the person, that is, by deficits in intellectual capacities. They affect communication, language, attention, reasoning, autonomy, abstract thinking, cognition, school performance and interaction with others.

The most common Neurodevelopmental Disorders are Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Language Disorder, Intellectual Development Disorder, Down Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter, Williams Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, among others.

The diagnosis and treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders require a multidisciplinary approach. It is important to identify these conditions early so that appropriate treatment can be provided and the prognosis of affected children can be improved.

Neurological diseases

Neurological diseases arise due to problems with the functioning of the nervous system that affect the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.

The symptoms originate from a disorder that affects part or all of the brain, depending on the organ function it controls. The person with the disease ceases to control their movements voluntarily. It covers symptoms such as chronic pain, muscle disorders (loss of strength, fatigue, involuntary movements), changes in skin sensitivity (tingling or numbness), changes in the 5 senses, sleep problems, changes in the state of consciousness, changes in cognition, difficulties concentration and other symptoms (such as vertigo, loss of balance, difficulty swallowing, dysarthria).

The most common neurological pathologies are Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA), migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), peripheral neuropathy, brain tumors, among others.

The treatment of these diseases involves a multidisciplinary approach, namely in terms of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Neuropsychology and, in some cases, medication.

Our clinic's Neuropsychologist will help you assess and treat cognitive and emotional deficits, identify strategies to deal with daily challenges, provide emotional support and therapy to deal with psychological issues associated with your illness.

Psychiatric illnesses

Psychiatric illnesses are conditions that affect a person's mental health, namely in terms of thinking, feeling, mood and behavior. They originate from different factors such as genetics, environment, life experiences and chemical imbalances in the brain. These psychiatric pathologies can significantly affect everyday life.

There are several psychiatric illnesses that can manifest themselves in different ways and whose symptoms vary depending on the pathology. Among the most common are anxiety, sadness, mood swings, hallucinations, delusions, obsessive thoughts, impulsivity and difficulties in dealing with day-to-day life. After an accurate diagnosis by the Psychiatrist, it is time to start treatment. There are several options available such as medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, among others.

Seeking help from our Neuropsychologist is important for people with psychiatric illnesses, as many of these conditions have an underlying neurological basis. Neuropsychological assessment can identify changes in the brain and develop effective treatment plans, in addition to providing emotional and educational support.

Memory difficulties

Memory is a complex cognitive function that allows us to store, maintain and retrieve information from the past. When this function is compromised, memory difficulties begin to exist that condition people's quality of life.

Neuropsychological intervention can help to deal with memory difficulties by implementing strategies to improve attention and concentration, organization and memorization techniques, and stimulation exercises.

Our clinic's Neuropsychologist can help with a neuropsychological assessment and implementation of memory training strategies.

Attention and concentration difficulties

Attention and concentration difficulties are common situations that affect many people and affect their daily lives. Within the scope of Neuropsychology, these difficulties are evaluated through tests, clinical interviews and behavior observation.

Like other difficulties, this type can also have its genesis in other neurological and psychiatric health conditions.

These difficulties can be mitigated, however there is no cure. Treatment may involve the use of medication and/or behavior therapy.

Executive functioning difficulties

Executive functioning difficulties are common problems and therefore affect many people, especially those with brain injuries or neurological or psychiatric disorders. Executive functioning is characterized by the cognitive skills that allow people to plan, organize and manage tasks, control impulses and solve problems.

Executive functioning difficulties can originate from various neurological and psychiatric disorders, including head trauma, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, among others.

At our clinic, we understand that executive functioning difficulties can be challenging, but we are here to help you overcome them. With neuropsychological assessment and intervention, we can work together to improve your skills and help you achieve your goals.

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Dr.ª Isabel Antunes
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