What to Include in Your Crisis Plan
Last week, I wrote about why we all need a crisis plan. This week, I’m going to provide some tips on what to include in your crisis plan.
The names and contact information for your relevant healthcare providers, including your psychiatrist, psychologist, and primary care physician.
A list of your medications, other health problems and allergies.
Your health insurance information, including relevant insurance identification numbers, phone numbers and facilities that are covered by your plan. Also include a list of your preferred facilities, ranked in order of preference.
Include a copy of your financial and healthcare powers of attorney (which should be carefully prepared according to relevant laws in your geographic region). With respect to the financial power of attorney, if you trust someone enough, you might consider giving her/him legal permission to cut your access to your bank accounts under specified circumstances (with or without the consent of your psychiatrist or therapist) in the event that you become manic. It may seem like a lot of work, but having a power of attorney can be very helpful.
List your classic symptoms for manic and depressive episodes.
Explain what an “emergency” scenario would look like for you.
Specify who you wish to intervene in the case of an emergency, as well as how you want them to intervene and under what circumstances.
Lastly, discuss your crisis plan with the people you most trust to be there if and when such a crisis arises, and GIVE THEM A COPY of the plan.
This is far from a comprehensive list, so let us know what else you think should be included in the comments below!