Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing
Psychological tests that focus on pain, problems with mood, sleep, anger, maladaptive pain beliefs, unrealistic expectations, or coping problems are commonly used in pain management. The pain psychologist may design specific interventions that targets these problems. For example, chronic pain patients may often have depression that may be helped with a variety of behavioral treatments and medications.
Neuropsychological tests can help to detect specific problems with memory, cognition(thinking), concentration, and problem solving. Some patients have problems with understanding their condition or medical disorder. Early signs of dementia may be present that need to be addressed and treated. Pain patients may have a history of a traumatic injury such as a concussion or brain injury, stroke, or other problem that is better understood with testing.