Lindsey Harik, Ph.D., discusses the role of the neuropsychologist in managing cases of Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis (ARE). ARE is a rare neurological disorder characterized by inflammation of the brain caused by autoimmunity or infection and is characterized by severe psychiatric and behavioral aberrations in addition to cognitive and neurological sequelae. ARE has been a difficult to define and diagnose disorder due to insidious and nonspecific (e.g., irritability, low mood, short-term memory complaints) onset, as well as inconsistent presence of known biomarkers. It can affect both men and women, however it is more common among women. It primarily affects the young, including children and young adults. The degree of cognitive and behavioral impairment is often influenced by the expediency of accurate diagnosis and treatment. Neuropsychological recommendations for acutely and chronically affected individuals with ARE are provided.
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