Is it bipolar disorder?
Samantha is a 32-year-old beauty therapist referred by her GP for diagnostic clarification.
The referral noted she was depressed following a relationship break-up.
However, because Samantha reported “highs” and impulsive behaviour in the past, did she have a bipolar disorder and warrant prescription of a mood stabiliser?
Samantha reported worsening mood swings over the past six months associated with alcohol consumption and illicit drug use (cocaine on weekends). This occurred in the context of a