Find a New Neuropsych Step #4: Put together a list of questions I have for potential candidates

doctor-by-patientStep #4 in finding a new neuropsychologist is : Put together a list of questions I have for potential candidates, finding out about their background, their successes (and failures), and their philosophy on recovery.

This is a tricky one, because I could easily come across as combative (and hostile) right from the get-go.

Plus, patients aren’t supposed to “interview” practitioners. We’re to take them as professional experts, thanks to their degrees and education.

The thing is, you have to be pretty careful with neuropsychologists. They can end up working for “the man” — the insurance companies which do NOT want to cover your care. I have a list of individuals from my local Brain Injury Association from years ago. And I’ve been looking through it for folks in my area. Scouting it out and seeing who’s available. Looking them up online, and seeing if any of them have blogs I can look at.

Some do.

It’s a start.

But it’s a complicated process, because even if I do find someone who has a lot of years of experience, they can still be possessed of the belief that brain injury is not something you can fully recover from. I just can’t waste my time dealing with that attitude.

No thanks.

So, at least I’ve made a start. I’ve got a couple of months to figure it out, yet. It’ll happen.

Well, something will.

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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