Psychiatric Advance Directives

How do you complete your own psychiatric advance directive?

Step 1: Decide your wishes

The first step is to think through and write down how you want to be treated when you have a mental health crisis or are hospitalized. Here, again, are things to consider:

Finally, consider whether you want to be treated over your own objection when you are very ill.

It is a good idea to talk your wishes over with other people who know and understand you: family members, friends, therapists, case managers, your support system or doctors. They can help you think things through and may give you good suggestions. Just remember, in the end, what you put in your psychiatric advance directive is up to you.

Continue to Step 2