This is good advice if you think it may be possible that you’ll be in a position where you, or a loved one, may be unable to advocate for yourself.
More than half of the U.S. states recognize psychiatric advance directives, legal documents that detail instructions for mental health care when a person is not otherwise competent to make her or his own health care decisions. Most of the states that have not adopted specific PAD laws do allow health directives that can address physical and mental health. If you have a family member who lives with a mood disorder, or you live with a mood disorder, make it a priority to write a PAD by year end, or a resolution to complete in January.
The article below has more details about what to include, and why. It wouldn’t hurt to take a look.