Mental health issues are on the rise, but brain health is often lost in the discussion when seeking treatment. Most healthcare practitioners attempt to measure mental health issues like depression and anxiety with screening tools. Very few, however, are attempting to assess how these issues affect cognitive function and brain health.
At Altasano, we are committed to optimizing health, including brain health, which is why we are introducing cognitive performance assessments from Creyos Health. When you schedule an initial appointment for a Wellness Assessment or Ketamine Therapy for depression treatment, we will offer a quick, fun series of tasks that objectively measure your memory, reasoning, verbal ability, and attention—all facets of cognition that are important in your everyday life. This assessment is included in your initial evaluation and can be repeated throughout the course of your treatments to measure cognition over time.
We all have a subjective idea of how our brains are doing—some days we feel “off” or have “brain fog,” while other days we feel like we can take on the world. But how much better are we on the good days? Are lifestyle or health changes making a difference? That’s where cognitive assessment comes in. By putting a number to these subjective feelings, we can discover what is causing the good days in order to have more of them. When your brain is performing, every activity in your daily life will be easier, from remembering where you parked your car to doing your monthly budgeting and bill paying.
Altasano uses the Creyos Health brain health assessment platform to assess, monitor, and manage core areas of cognition to ensure that your treatment toward health and wellness is on the right track.
The Creyos Health tasks have been validated by decades of scientific research, and are proven to measure the most important aspects of cognition. Performance is directly linked with the areas of your brain that are required for each cognitive domain. But more importantly, the tasks are fun, and only take 40 minutes to complete. Now, not only will you feel better, but you can objectively track how your brain is responding.
This is not an IQ test and your brain can’t be defined by one number. Your cognitive function is not a single, unchanging, and physical measurement—like height—that can stay constant day in and day out. Think of it more like a blood pressure cuff for your brain. There’s no judgment, and the goal is progress over time, because we acknowledge that brain health changes from day to day.
Cognition is complex. you may be stronger at one aspect of cognition (e.g., memory), yet weaker another (e.g., planning or problem solving). To truly understand your cognitive abilities, several different measures are needed.
That’s why we believe we can improve or maintain your performance throughout your treatment, and now include cognitive assessments as a standard part of the program.
Cognitive health affects almost every part of your life. Conditions that have traditionally been seen as purely physical, such as pain, are well documented to have cognitive effects as well. Brain fog, fatigue, loss of focus, distractibility, word-finding, recall and memory issues, etc., are among the many complaints that we hear from the people we see. Many are trying to manage chronic physical issues such as depression, chronic fatigue, post-viral fatigue syndrome, chronic lyme disease, stomach and bowel issues, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and many other inflammation related issues. When you’re not feeling well, you’re likely not thinking well either.
Cognitive abilities can also change, even on a daily basis. In that sense, cognitive function is more like blood pressure than it is like height. That is to say, over the long term it is more or less constant (assuming you stay healthy), however significant fluctuations may occur on a day to day basis depending on what you’ve been doing, your sleep habits, your stress level, what you’ve eaten, your mood, and a multitude of other factors.
Discuss cognitive assessments with us to see how the brain benefits of our customized treatment plans can help improve your life.