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One or more neuropsychiatric symptoms

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Name of the Procedure:

Neuropsychiatric Symptoms Assessment

  • Common Name: Neuropsychiatric Evaluation
  • Technical Term: G8947 - One or More Neuropsychiatric Symptoms


The neuropsychiatric symptoms assessment involves evaluating a patient for mental health symptoms like anxiety, depression, cognitive impairments, and behavioral changes. This thorough examination helps identify underlying neuropsychiatric conditions that may require treatment or management.


  • Medical Conditions Addressed: Conditions such as anxiety, depression, cognitive disorders, and behavioral changes.
  • Goals: To identify and diagnose neuropsychiatric symptoms accurately, leading to appropriate treatment and management.


  • Specific Symptoms: Persistent sadness, anxiety, memory problems, mood swings, unusual behavior.
  • Patient Criteria: Individuals presenting with behavioral changes, cognitive impairments, or experiencing significant emotional distress.


  • Pre-procedure Instructions: Patients may be advised to avoid alcohol and certain medications that could affect mental status before the evaluation.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Preliminary cognitive tests or psychological assessments may be conducted prior to the evaluation.

Procedure Description

  1. Interview: A detailed patient history and symptom discussion.
  2. Cognitive Testing: Various cognitive function tests to assess memory, attention, and problem-solving skills.
  3. Behavioral Observations: Observing patient behavior and interaction.
  4. Tools Used: Questionnaires, standardized cognitive tests, and possibly neuroimaging studies such as MRI if needed.
  5. Anesthesia/Sedation: Not typically required.


The evaluation process varies but generally takes between 1 to 2 hours.


This procedure is typically performed in an outpatient clinic or in a hospital setting, within neurology or psychiatry departments.


  • Healthcare Professionals: Neurologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and sometimes neuropsychologists.
  • Additional Support: Nurses or medical assistants may help with initial assessments.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Minimal risk associated; however, some patients may feel uncomfortable or anxious during the assessment.
  • Rare Risks: Any distress or significant anxiety can be managed by the healthcare team.


  • Expected Benefits: Accurate identification and diagnosis of neuropsychiatric symptoms, leading to targeted treatment plans.
  • Realization: Benefits can be realized shortly after diagnosis and initiation of treatment, usually within a few weeks.


  • Post-procedure Care: No special post-procedure care is needed.
  • Recovery Time: Immediate post-assessment with no downtime.
  • Restrictions/Follow-up: Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to review results and discuss treatment options.


  • Other Treatments: Alternative evaluations might include standard psychiatric assessments or neuroimaging techniques like MRI or CT scans.
  • Pros and Cons: A standard psychiatric assessment might not identify all cognitive issues, while neuroimaging can be more expensive and less accessible compared to a neuropsychiatric evaluation.

Patient Experience

  • During the Procedure: Patients may feel a mix of relief and anxiety as symptoms and history are discussed.
  • After the Procedure: Some patients might feel fatigued but should feel reassured following the evaluation.
  • Pain Management: Generally, there is no pain associated with this procedure, but psychological support is available for any emotional distress.

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