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- A person with a mental illness gives instructions about what treatment he wants if he experiences a crisis
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- A person with a mental illness chooses the physician who will write prescriptions for his medications
A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that is filled out by a person with a mental illness that describes measures of care for the person. The PAD is created while the person is still mentally competent but is designed to guide providers for when the person experiences a crisis. If the person with the mental illness experiences a crisis, the PAD will give directions as to what treatments he will need when he cannot make decisions for himself.
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