Cognitive Testing Specialist

Clinical Neurology

Clinical Neurology located in Leesburg, VA, Purcellville, VA & Reston, VA

If you or a loved one have noticed recent changes in your ability to think or recall information, or even changes in your mood, it’s important to rule out serious cognitive disorders and identify the source of these changes. Dr. Harmeet Singh at Clinical Neurology in Leesburg, Virginia,, provides information on cognitive testing to diagnose the issue and create a treatment plan to maintain your health. To get tested, call Dr. Singh and schedule your consultation, or book your appointment online. Dr. Singh is currently accepting new patients from Leesburg, Lansdowne, Ashburn, Purcellville, Sterling, Herndon and surrounding areas.

Cognitive Testing Q & A

Clinical Neurology

What is cognitive testing?

Cognitive testing is a series of tests that are performed to gauge your mental faculties, including your ability to process information and make decisions. This is a common test used to detect the early stages of dementia and to assess the progression of the disease.


How do cognitive tests work?

Cognitive testing measures several aspects of your general intelligence and is usually split into tests of five categories: numerical, verbal, abstract, spatial, and mechanical reasoning. These tests are performed to get an idea of your current cognitive ability and will perform these tests over time if he suspects cognitive deterioration.


Who needs cognitive testing?

Cognitive testing is performed to diagnose or rule out neurological disorders that affect your ability to think, reason, or recall information. Some common reasons Clinical Neurology might order testing include:

Head injuries

A serious head injury can lead to a concussion, which may affect your cognitive abilities.

Stroke

A small stroke can reduce blood flow to the brain and may cause cognitive impairment. Clinical Neurology identifies the cause of stroke in order to monitor and prevent future recurrences.

A test may be ordered for particular disorders based on your symptoms. Some disorders he might test you for include:

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Certain cognitive tests can help identify whether your lack of focus is from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or another neurological condition. Learning disabilities can also be detected with these tests. 

Dementia

Mild cognitive impairment is often an early sign of dementia or other serious neurological disorders. Cognitive testing helps Dr. Singh pinpoint the possible cause of the impairment and whether or not it is a more serious concern.


When should someone get cognitive testing?

There are a few reasons you might want to visit Clinical Neurology and discuss cognitive testing:

  • Recent memory problems
  • Mood swings
  • Changes in the way you react to certain people or events
  • A family history of dementia or cognitive impairment

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms recently and are concerned about your well-being, contact Dr. Singh at Clinical Neurology to book your appointment, or schedule online.