The mental health evaluation of the patient requesting physician-assisted death (PAD) has two goals, often written into laws that permit PAD. One goal is to ensure that the patient does not have a potentially treatable mental disorder influencing the decision to hasten death. Most discussions of relevant mental disorders point to the roles of anxiety and depression, particularly major depressive disorder, in which possibly treatable and reversible hopelessness, sadness and anhedonia may impact views about suicide

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