Psychiatric Advance Directives

When will you need a psychiatric advance directive?

A psychiatric advance directive goes into effect if it has been determined that you lack the capacity to make treatment decisions for yourself. Usually this takes place in a hospital.

By writing your advance directive when you are well and your capacity is not in question, you can make your wishes known should you have a mental health crisis or hospital stay. In an emergency situation, however, it is important to understand that doctors have the authority to make decisions that are necessary to ensure your safety and that of other patients and hospital staff.