Mood disturbance and chronic stress may have a significant impact on an individual’s cognitive performance in their daily lives. For example, aspects of attention and memory can be affected by depression, anxiety, or stress. It is important to understand and measure such factors when evaluating cognition. In many cases mood and stress factors can be effectively treated and managed resulting in improvement, or reversal of cognitive concerns.
Evaluation of mood and stress occurs within the context of our neuropsychological assessments. This typically entails detailed discussion within Dr. Hayden’s clinical interview as well as objective computerized testing of mood, personality traits, and stress issues.