What are psychiatric advance directives?

Psychiatric advance directives provide an opportunity for you to decide in advance about your mental health treatment if you are unable to make a decision for yourself in the future. In these documents, you can describe the treatments you would or will not be willing to receive, and appoint someone to make decisions for you in the case that you are unable to do. Developing an advance directive with your clinician can help you to communicate your needs and preferences with your clinician.

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