<![CDATA[Dr Lynn Aurich - Weebly Page - Blog]]>Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:28:08 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[About Cognitive Retraining                             ]]>Fri, 23 Oct 2015 21:28:20 GMThttp://drlynnaurich.weebly.com/blog/about-cognitive-retrainingA licensed and board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, rated five stars on Vitals.com, Dr. Lynn Aurich leads an independent private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Lynn Aurich previously spent 10 years as director of the Brain Injury Training Center, where he provided cognitive retraining to patients with traumatic brain injury.

Cognitive retraining, also known as cognitive therapy, helps patients with brain injuries to rebuild skills or develop strategies to compensate for function loss. A skills-based approach, it addresses issues including logical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and focus. Because of its broad focus, it may involve contributions from professionals in a wide variety of fields, including speech-language pathologists and psychologists.

Cognitive retraining begins with the development of the simplest skills that the patient needs to learn. Patients practice each skill repeatedly, drawing on the support of professionals and the motivation of appropriate external rewards. They progress to more advanced skills and ultimately apply the learned skills to areas of everyday life. This process, which encourages patients to focus on their strengths as they address their weaknesses, may contribute to improved outcomes for sustained brain injuries as well as dementia and other mind-based disorders. ]]>
<![CDATA[What is Neuropsychological Evaluation?]]>Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:14:00 GMThttp://drlynnaurich.weebly.com/blog/what-is-neuropsychological-evaluationBased in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dr. Lynn Aurich has built a successful career as a clinical neuropsychologist throughout the last several decades. Through his practice, Dr. Lynn Aurich offers a variety of psychological and therapeutic services such as neuropsychological evaluation.

Physicians typically recommend neuropsychological evaluation for patients who are experiencing a wide range of behavioral and cognitive challenges. Often, practitioners employ this method to diagnose conditions such as traumatic brain injury, memory disorders, and developmental disabilities. The results of these examinations can provide alternative condition diagnoses or determine if a patient requires rehabilitation services.

During to neuropsychological evaluation, specialists conduct a clinical interview to determine a patient’s medical history before providing a number of standardized performance examinations. While customized for each patient, these tests analyze several general cognitive areas, including language, motor abilities, and problem solving. Evaluations typically last between four and six hours. After compiling test results, physicians conduct a feedback session with the patient and provide a neuropsychological report. ]]>
<![CDATA[Aversion Therapy for Smoking Cessation]]>Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:56:21 GMThttp://drlynnaurich.weebly.com/blog/aversion-therapy-for-smoking-cessationA member of the Louisiana Psychological Association, Dr. Lynn Aurich serves as a clinical neuropsychologist at his psychological practice in Lafayette. Throughout his career, Dr. Lynn Aurich has coauthored a number of scholarly articles on topics such as aversion smoking.

Many adults pursue a wide variety of options when they are looking to stop smoking. While the pharmaceutical industry offers nicotine replacement products such as inhalers and patches, medical reports show that smokers only achieve a quitting rate of 15 percent when using these items. Other prescriptions can offer a higher success rate when combined with additional treatments such as counseling, but the most effective method of facilitating smoking cessation is aversion therapy.

Smokers typically find that smoking provides a pleasurable, rewarding sensation. Using aversion therapy, psychologists aim to replace these positive reactions with unpleasant feelings. Rapid smoking, the most popular form of aversion therapy, involves several minutes of continual smoking until the participant begins to experience nausea.

In another version of aversion therapy, the smoker receives small electric shocks throughout the smoking process. Schick-Shadel Treatment Centers conducted a study of 327 participants using this method. After one year, more than 52 percent of participants had stopped smoking. ]]>
<![CDATA[Developing Coping Methods through Behavioral Therapy]]>Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:42:52 GMThttp://drlynnaurich.weebly.com/blog/developing-coping-methods-through-behavioral-therapyA clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Lynn Aurich possesses nearly five decades of experience. Treating patients in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dr. Lynn Aurich offers behavior therapy.

Behavior therapy helps patients develop healthy habits in place of bad ones. It is used to treat anxiety, mood, and mental disorders. Treatment plans consist of various exercises, such as role-playing and social skills training, which enhance coping.

Role-playing focuses on specific issues that may arise during social interactions, and methods for handling the situation. For example, a shy person might avoid socializing due to anxiety from starting conversations with strangers. In role-playing, a health care professional offers guidance on how to begin a conversation and then encourages the patient to start a dialogue. Continuous practice boosts confidence and engagement with others.

Social skills training addresses verbal and nonverbal behaviors that impact how a person relates to another individual. This exercise teaches a person about social cues and how to appropriately respond to them. Successful completion of the training can improve self-esteem and the ability to function properly in common social settings.
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<![CDATA[Bipolar Disorder Symptoms and Treatments                             ]]>Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:48:53 GMThttp://drlynnaurich.weebly.com/blog/bipolar-disorder-symptoms-and-treatmentsA clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Lynn Aurich leverages more than three decades of experience to conduct psychodiagnostic testing, behavior therapy, and neuropsychological evaluation and rehabilitation. Dr. Lynn Aurich possesses special training in cross-examination methods, neurodevelopmental disorders, and bipolar disorder.

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder causes a person to experience unusual shifts in mood and energy levels. The condition is hereditary but does not impact all family members within a bloodline.

Individuals with bipolar disorder struggle with extreme levels of manic and depressive episodes. In a state of mania, they feel overly happy and can become easily irritable. Quick speech, lack of focus, and reduced sleep without tiring are common behavioral changes. In addition, manic episodes cause a person to behave impulsively and participate in high-risk behaviors they deem pleasurable.

When depressed, a person loses interest in activities, and feelings of sadness and hopelessness are prolonged. Symptoms of a depressive episode consist of restlessness, a change in eating habits, forgetfulness, and problems making decisions. It is not uncommon for a bipolar person to consider attempting suicide.

Fortunately, the condition can be managed with proper medication and psychotherapy. A doctor can prescribe medications, ranging from mood stabilizers to antidepressants, to restore balance. Additionally, a medical professional can suggest various forms of psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioral and family-focused therapies, to change negative thought patterns and create a supportive environment. ]]>