The acute phase is when you are continually symptomatic, like head aches, dizziness, mental fog, etc. One those symptoms subside, you can start working on strengthening your weak cognitive and memory skills.
Personally, I think a neuro-psych is a waste of time. They rarely teach you any skills that you can not learn on your own and for free. It is better to find a good local support system where you can meet people with similar struggles. The NeuroPsych Assessment will be expensive and not offer much for the money spent, especially if it is your own money.
Knowing your dysfunctions can be helpful but you still are early in the recovery process. If you are still struggling in another year, it might be worthwhile to get a NeuroPsych Assessment done. Hopefully, by then, you will be in better shape.
Keep your stress levels low and get good quiet rest and brain nutrition as as you said,
"My brain WANTS to heal itself... I just have to let it and stop trying to get better! "
My best to you.
Mark in Idaho
59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 100 mgs of 5-HTP AM, 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan at noon.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.
This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.
May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.
I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation
"Be Still and Know That I am God" Psalm 46:10