A Mental Health Resource: Psychiatric Advance Directive

Denise

A Mental Health Resource: Psychiatric Advance Directive

Denise
Sign_icon.svg.medThis afternoon on Your Caregiving Journey, Támara Hill, MS, an integrative therapist, joined me for a discussion on how to help your caree with a mental illness. You can listen to our show via the player below.

Tamara described how difficult it can be to get the appropriate treatment for a caree when mental illness is involved. In some states, an individual can make decisions about treatment at 14 years of age--which means many teen-agers don't receive the help they need.

Tamara also suggested creating a psychiatric advance directive with your caree which details your caree's treatment decisions in case he or she cannot make decisions in the future. You can learn more about psychiatric advance directives at National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives. She also talked about the importance of knowing which medications your caree takes; you can learn more about the medications at drugs.com or rxlist.com.

I'd love to have Tamara on again. What questions do you have about caring for a family member or friend with a mental illness? Please share them in our comments section, below, and we'll answer them during a future show.

(You can reach Tamara at her website, Anchored in Knowledge, or via Twitter, www.twitter.com/TherapistTee.)


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