The following is the real-life story of Alice*, a 34 year old woman.
It would have been easy to have assessed her with a K10, increased the dose of the SNRI and subsequently organize a psychologist, but I was unsure about her diagnosis and I realized there was probably some other factor in operation here. I arranged for Alice to complete a Mind Screen session in the adjacent consultation room. I’m so glad I did because her self assessment raised the distinct possibility of bipolar disorder with various comorbidities. I was then able to spend time digging deeper into her history, uncovering a number of obvious bipolar type 2 symptoms and soon realized that this was in fact her primary psychiatric condition.
* Denotes name changed for privacy reasons.