Psychiatric Advance Directives

How do you complete your own psychiatric advance directive?

Step 2: Find your health care agent

The second step is to find a person, or people, who know and understand you and are capable of acting as your health care agent (also called a proxy or patient advocate). Explain why you need their help and what you are asking them to do. Remember:

If you know two people you trust, depending on state law, you can name one to be your agent and the other to be a back-up person. During a crisis, under applicable state law a physician may invoke ethical and community standards and override your wishes in your advance directive and the decisions made by your agent.

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