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Considering a Psychiatric Advance Directive


Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing well! I was looking through material on various websites and came across something called a Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) for mental health treatment and am strongly considering this option. In the past three months, I have been in two mental health hospitals, and I think this will greatly benefit me. One was for a manic episode, the other for a depressive episode. Currently trying to get "evened out" with my doctor, therapist, and psychiatrist. Does anyone have experience with PAD's, if so, has it helped you? Thank you and have a wonderful day everyone :)

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I haven't heard of it but it sounds like a brilliant idea to have some control over the treatment that you get when you are ill. Go for it!!! xxx

thank you :) I'm planning on it! have a great day <3

Hello Jane

There is a good site on the Internet that goes through the various pathways you can take, So it may be a good idea too read up on what this directive can include.

I have just had a look at the site and depending on age? you can elect someone to act on your behalf if required, that seems to be a good way to go in the first instance.

I do not know where you are in the world although I do understand a Mental Health Directive may be different in other unrelated countries. If you get one done, take legal advice so you cover all bases and wishes


Thank you, Bob. That is really good advice to get legal counsel because it can be more thorough. I've been thinking about it for a while now, and I'm glad I posted about it because it helps bouncing around different ideas and things I wouldn't normally think of. I am in the U.S. and it varies by state- been researching my state. It can be confusing to understand. Yesterday, I printed one off for my state, but I was left with many questions- like do I just fill this out, do I need legal help, or do I only need it notarized. Legal advice seems to be the safest route at this point. Thanks again and have a great day :)

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