Our expert says:
Bipolar disorder is diagnosed by taking a history from the patient, obtaining information from those close to the patient (with the patient's consent) and by examining the mental state of the patient. It is thus a clinical diagnosis which has to be made by a healthcare professional trained to do so.
Bipolar disorder may start with depression and when a depression does not get better one should re-consider the diagnosis, treatment and also take into account other factors which may be perpetuating the depression.
So, yes, it is possible that the diagnosis might be bipolar disorder.
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