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psychiatric advance directive

(mental health advance directive, Odysseus pact)

This is a document through which an individual with a mental disorder may, during a time when they are competent to do so, set forth directions and preferences with regard to their treatment (providers, modalities, restraint) and management of their affairs (care of dependents, pets, and property) during an anticipated episode of incompetence. This may include appointment of an agent to make decisions not addressed in the document.

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