Is it bipolar disorder?

A young woman presents with depression after a relationship break-up.

Samantha is a 32-year-old beauty therapist referred by her GP for diagnostic clarification.

Cocaine

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?

Assessment

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

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