PAD Stories

"This time, with a PAD, I did not receive any treatments that I did not want. They were very respectful.  I really felt like the hospital took better care of me because I had my PAD. In fact, I think it's the best care that I've ever received."

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What is a psychiatric advance directive (PAD)?

A PAD is a legal document created by a competent person. The purpose of the document is to allow the person to give instructions for future mental health treatment or appoint an agent to make future decisions about mental health treatment.  The document is used when the person who created the document experiences acute episodes of psychiatric illness and becomes unable to make or communicate decisions about treatment.