Neuro: of the brain and nervous system

Cognitive: the ability to think, learn, concentrate, remember, decide, etc.

Neurocognition is increasingly recognized as a major factor in determining a person’s quality of life. The ability to perform brain functions at a high efficiency is vital to learning and leading a healthy and productive lifestyle.

Many psychiatric conditions have been linked to some degree of neurocognitive impairment.  Deterioration can contribute to ADHD, bipolar disorder, substance abuse/alcohol addiction and depression/anxiety. Changes to the frontal lobe, for example, could lead to difficulty in deciphering right from wrong, overriding socially unacceptable behavior, and understanding future consequences of our actions—impairments commonly associated with psychiatric disorders.

The Center for Integrative Wellness offers patients a results-based strategy to pinpoint and counteract potential deficiencies. Newly-developed computerized neurocognitive tests determine the level of impairment by closely examining the brain areas associated with learning, remembering, concentrating, solving problems and making decisions. These tests can be taken in-office or often times from the comfort of your own home using downloadable password-protected software.

The assessment is not an IQ test, nor should it be a cause for concern. Dr. Ahmad recommends and administers these tests for diagnostic clarification, much like he would when he measures body composition or blood pressure. It is just another proven tool that can provide support in confirming or ruling out a diagnosis or treatment.  Baseline testing also provides a visual and statistical analysis of objective patient progress over the course of the treatment.  You will be able to see your cognitive growth on a visit-by-visit basis.

Neurocognitive testing is available at the Center for both children and adults. The entire process takes 8-45 minutes depending on which tests Dr. Ahmad recommends specifically for you.

You do not need to be in treatment with Dr. Ahmad to receive consultation on these tests. Dr. Ahmad will be happy to provide a professional referral after the initial testing is complete.

To schedule a neurocognitive assessment with Dr. Ahmad, please click here or call 212-585-1111.