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Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine

About Behavioral Medicine

Riverhills Neuroscience, with three Cincinnati, Ohio, area offices in Norwood, Westside, and Anderson, as well as an office in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, recognizes the importance of behavioral medicine for managing chronic health conditions that affect memory and thinking. The multidisciplinary practice is a one-stop-shop, providing comprehensive and coordinated care to improve quality of life. Call the office today to schedule a behavioral medicine appointment or request more information online.

Behavioral Medicine Q&A

What is behavioral medicine?

Behavioral medicine is a specialized area of health care that focuses on the social, psychological, and environmental factors that affect health and disease.

The physicians and health care providers at Riverhills Neuroscience recognize the clinical role of behavioral,
psychological, sociological, and environmental factors in overall health. 

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

Typically, your doctor will request a neuropsychological evaluation when there are concerns by you or your family about memory or other cognitive abilities. These evaluations include standardized tests that show how a person’s brain is functioning. Our role is to clarify the nature, severity, and cause of cognitive symptoms.

My memory is fading. Do I need behavioral medicine?

If you have concerns about your memory, you should schedule a behavioral medicine consultation at Riverhills Neuroscience. The specialists see patients with neurological and medical conditions that affect memory and cognitive abilities, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Movement disorders
  • Stroke
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Brain tumors

You may also benefit from behavioral medicine at Riverhills Neuroscience if you have a chronic pain condition, such as chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or arthritis. Chronic pain conditions affect psychological well-being, which may worsen symptoms.

Behavioral medicine can help you understand the mind and body connection and provide strategies that give you more control over your pain.

What can I expect during a behavioral medicine consultation?

The specifics of your behavioral medicine consultation at Riverhills Neuroscience depend on the reason for your visit. Clinical neuropsychologists and health psychologists provide behavioral medicine at the multidisciplinary practice.

The behavioral medicine specialists perform comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to assist in providing an accurate medical diagnosis. A neuropsychological evaluation measures how well the brain works, revealing information on memory and thinking abilities. 

They review your medical history and administer various tests to assess brain function, such as writing, drawing, or solving puzzles. 

The behavioral medicine specialists use the information gathered during your neuropsychological test to create a treatment plan. They also use the data to track your progress. 

 

How is this testing used?

Neuropsychological exams serve a unique purpose. They can identify specific types and severity of brain dysfunction, which is used for:

• Accurate neurological/medical diagnosis
• Treatment planning
• Tracking progress and recovery following
   a neurological injury
• Decision-making about rehabilitation, work,
   or living independently
• Determining appropriateness for surgery
• Establishing baseline abilities

 

How psychotherapy can help with behavioral medicine?

Riverhills Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary practice, and the behavioral medicine specialists work closely with the neurologists, interventional pain management physicians, and rheumatologists when creating your plan.

Our behavioral medicine specialists also provide psychotherapy to help patients manage chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. With proper coping skills, a patient’s recovery from or management of illness is greatly improved. We are also able to assess psychological and environmental aspects of medical illness to aid physicians in medical treatment planning, to improve patient’s overall health, and maximize functioning.

 

What happens next?

In most cases, the neuropsychologist will review your test results with you, give you specific recommendations to guide treatment and help you in daily life, and send you a written report. With permission, the neuropsychologist will also send the results to the doctor who referred you. This doctor may talk to you about your test results at your next office visit.

Learn more about behavioral medicine at Riverhills Neuroscience by calling today or requesting information online.