Psychiatric Advance Directive for Eating Disorder Treatment

What is a Psychiatric Advance Directive? Known as a PAD, a psychiatric advance directive is a fairly new legal document, much like a living will. It is a tool for conveying your instructions and preferences, to both your family and the medical community, regarding future mental health treatment in the event you are incapable of giving informed consent concerning your treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness.

Though a PAD states your preferences for hospital/facilities, medication, and refusal of certain procedures, there are situations/conditions in which it would not be followed due to conflicts with; emergency treatment, accepted community practice standards, and/or applicable law.

You can get more information about Psychiatric Advanced Directives in your state here.

For information on PADs please visit:
National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advanced Directives (NRC*PAD)