- A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that documents a person’s preferences for future mental health treatment, and allows appointment of a health proxy to interpret those preferences during a crisis.
- PADs may be drafted when a person is well enough to consider preferences for future mental health treatment.
- PADs are used when a person becomes unable to make decisions during a mental health crisis.
“In Case of Psychiatric Crisis, Read This”
By Shirley S. Wang, Health Blog, The Wall Street Journal's blog on health and the business of health, October 30, 2007, 12:54 pm.