National Alliance on Mental Illness
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NAMI's Position on Psychiatric Advance Directives
There are many potential benefits to PADs:
The use of advance directives for psychiatric decision making is relatively new, and there are unresolved questions about the use of PADs. Ongoing research projects and pending court decisions should provide more information. In the meantime, PADs should be considered as a way to empower consumers to take a more active role in their treatment, and as a way to avoid conflicts over treatment and medication issues.