An advance directive is a form that you fill out to describe the kinds of medical care you want to have if something happens to you and you can't speak for yourself. It tells your family and the medical community including your primary care provider, what to do if you're badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from saying what you want.
- A living will tells your family and your doctor what kinds of treatment you want to receive as you near the end of your life and if you can no longer speak for yourself. A living will is also called a treatment directive.
- A medical power of attorney lets you name a person to make treatment decisions for you when you can't speak for yourself. This person is called a health care agent or health care proxy.
- little interest or pleasure in doing things
- feeling down or hopeless
- trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much
- feeling tired or having little energy
- having a poor appetite, over eating or having weight change
- difficult concentrating or making decisions
- feeling bad about themselves, like they are a failure, or feeling guilty