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.


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