What is a psychiatric advance directive for people with bipolar disorder?

After a loved one is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a Psychiatric Advance Directive document should be created. This document will spell out the care that a person should receive when they are unable to direct their own care during times of crisis.
This document should include a list of medications to be given, doctors to call, and whether specific therapies may be used (e.g. electroconvulsive therapy or ECT, or whether restraints should be used). These directives can help prevent further agitating the person with the disorder, and help them toward their recovery, rather than hinder progress.

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