Cognitive Testing

Cognitive Testing

Despite extensive studies surrounding the intricacies of mental illness, there are still a few misconceptions that prevail. Many assume that people afflicted with psychological conditions are not strong enough to resist succumbing to mental illnesses. Still a few believe that mental patients have a low I.Q. and are generally less intelligent.

Research has long debunked the relationship between low intelligence and mental illness. In fact, there are a few people with mental illness that are famous for being the smartest, most innovative and most creative in their fields. Nevertheless, cognitive testing is important in determining the extent of recovery in a person that is coping with a psychological condition.

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” – Henry David Thoreau

What is Cognitive Testing?

Cognitive testing, otherwise known as neurocognitive or psychometric testing, is a type of assessment that gauges a person’s ability to think clearly. This test is important in determining whether or not an individual suffers from a mental condition. Moreover, it is used to take into account the extent of a patient’s improvement.

Cognitive testing can be traced back to about a century ago. Earlier tests were conducted with traditional pen and paper. With the development of computers in the 70s and 80s, most cognitive assessments have been computerized.

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” - Nido Qubein

What Can Be Expected from Cognitive Testing?

Cognitive tests are not necessarily IQ tests. These tests measure the three main aspects of person’s cognitive abilities: memory, executive function, and attention. Under these facets are specific assessments that are administered to individuals afflicted by psychological conditions:

  • Physiological state – Cognitive testing takes into account a patient’s age, height, and weight.  Moreover, physical appearance, as in whether a person is taking care of his or herself, is considered an indicator of mental health.  Hygiene and health are the first aspects to be neglected, especially for substance abusers and alcoholics.
  • Familiarity with personal information – While not true for all mental disabilities, confusion is often a symptom of psychological problems.  Patients failing to remember basic information about themselves, like their age, their address or the names of their immediate family, are a cause for concern.
  • Attention span – This portion of the test gauges a person’s focus and rational thinking.  Mental patients usually find it difficult to focus and to abstain from distractions.
  • Memory – The test assesses whether or not a patient can recall details of his or her past, including childhood memories, employment history, and global current events.  Memories can be affected by certain psychological illnesses, especially when dealing with trauma and substance abuse.
  • Judgement – This part of the cognitive test can be highly subjective.  However, it is important for professionals to assess a patient’s reasoning and resolution management skills in order to determine if they are getting better at coping with their illness.

Why is Cognitive Testing Integral in The Recovery Process?

Cognitive assessment is an important step in determining the path and trajectory of a patient’s recovery. Without extensive testing, it is difficult to determine the necessary treatment a person with psychological disabilities need. All information gained from a cognitive test can help uncover the sources of the illness and the best way to treat it.

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life.” – Akshay Dubey

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