Cognitive and Behavioral Disorders in Neurorehabilitation

William N. Schneider, PhD; Tony M. Wong, PhD, ABPP-CN† Neurorehabilitation p. 462-470 June 2011, Vol.17, No.3 doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000399067.69567.f2
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Assessment and management of cognitive and behavioral issues in the neurorehabilitation of patients with brain injuries are extremely important. Because cognitive impairments can impede post-brain injury adaptive functioning, it is necessary to carefully assess the major neurocognitive functions to help determine potential obstacles to rehabilitation and to plan for effective interventions. Likewise, behavioral and emotional problems following brain injury, whether directly or secondarily caused by the injury, can hamper or undermine what may otherwise be an efficacious rehabilitative treatment plan. This article describes some of the most common cognitive, emotional, and behavioral deficits and provides practical suggestions about how to address them.

Address correspondence to Dr William N. Schneider, Unity Health System, 89 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611, [email protected].

Relationship Disclosure: Dr Schneider reports no disclosure. Dr Wong has consulted for the Federal Defenders office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Unlabeled Use of Products/Investigational Use Disclosure: Drs Schneider and Wong report no disclosures.

© 2011 American Academy of Neurology