CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Clinical neuropsychology is a branch of psychology that deals with the diagnosis, evaluation and rehabilitation of patients with alterations in cognitive functions; the clinical neuropsychologist also deals with all emotional and behavioural aspects related to the different neurological conditions and the support of family members of patients with such pathologies.

It deals specifically with neurological patients with outcomes of cranial traumas, vascular diseases such as stroke, brain tumours, dementia, epilepsy, as well as a broad spectrum of developmental disorders such as attention deficits, cognitive delays, learning disorders, and autism. It also deals with any situation that has implications on the person’s cognitive functions, such as subjective memory disorders, concentration and attention issues in studies or daily working life.

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neuropsychological evaluation

Clinical neuropsychologists have a deep understanding of the central nervous system and its normal and pathological function; they use specific tools to evaluate individual cognitive abilities and intellectual abilities, and they create personalized treatments for the enhancement or rehabilitation of these, also using highly technological instruments such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).

When one does not seem to remember quite as well as before, names or phone numbers, future appointments, or where things have been stored.

In everyday life: when one seems to no longer have the same concentration as in the past, or one can no longer handle all the information that one would usually keep in mind.

Such as cognitive delays, attention deficits, learning disabilities, and others.

When one wants to keep one’s mind fit or improve learning and memory strategies.

Enhancement of focus, reasoning and attention skills in studies, sports and high-cognitive situations.

The term fibromyalgia indicates precisely the pain that affects the muscles and fibrous connective structures (tendons and ligaments).

Brain tumors are cancers that affect the central nervous system, therefore the whole of the brain, medulla oblongata and cerebellum.

Headache or headache refers to pain in any part of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of various pathologies.

When assisting a person suffering from the diseases described above and you need targeted psychological support, specific information on the diseases, learn strategies to manage your stress and the care load.

In depressive and psychiatric syndromes with strong cognitive impairment.

Following vascular diseases, of ischemic or haemorrhagic origin such as stroke, rupture of aneurysms or vasculopathies, which may have damaged some cognitive functions.

Following cranial traumas of any entity.

Following neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis: to assess the onset of cognitive deficits.

Dementias are neurodegenerative diseases of the brain, which usually arise in old age (but there are exceptions) causing a progressive decline in a person’s cognitive faculties.

Epilepsy is a central nervous system disease (neurological disorder) in which the activity of nerve cells in the brain stops causing seizures, periods of unusual behavior, and sometimes loss of consciousness.

Rehabilitation protocol

STAGES OF THE NEUROPSYCHOLOGIC REHABILITATION PROTOCOL:

Total patient care and screening, with the possible referral to members of the multidisciplinary team for complementary diagnostic insights

In-depth test evaluation: provides for standardized battery administration for a neuropsychological diagnosis and in-depth reporting

Set up of a personalized rehabilitation plan and sharing of the objectives

Neuropsychological treatment: rehabilitation sessions using printed tools, computerized aid and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for cognitive ability enhancement.

Tdcs

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive and painless procedure, without side effects, in which weak electrical currents (0.5-2 mA) are used to stimulate specific median brain areas used in cognitive processes. This technique, through the flow of current from one electrode to the other, modifies the membrane potential of neurons thus making the stimulated area more or less excitable. International scientific literature has shown that repetitive treatment with tDCS positively affects deficits by enhancing the effects of a classical rehabilitation without producing side effects and with significant benefits to a person’s quality of life.

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Pathologies treated

Pathologies currently treated with tDCS:

  • Memory disorders

  • Enhancement of cognitive abilities in healthy or sports subjects

  • Aphasia and language disorders

  • Neglect

  • Attention and executive function disorders (working memory, programming and inhibition difficulties)

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Stroke with motor impairment

  • Pain and fibromyalgia

  • Migraine

The IRR Institute observes the following hours: from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00 Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00

Corso Francia 104/3, Torino

Phone: 0113999222
Mail: info@irriba.it

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The IRR Institute observes the following hours: from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 20:00 Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00

Corso Francia 104/3, Torino

Phone: 0113999222
Mail: info@irriba.it

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