Our expert says:
Alcohol will have undermined the efectiveness of any medications for her depression. The armed robery was of course unfortunate, but remember once one is alcoholic and one's brain has grown used to a certain high amount of alcohol being present, when that level drops - for instance one is injured in an accident, and for a time does not have access to one;'s usual alcohol intake, one can have fits, due to that alone, and I'm surprised if the doctors caring for her at the time didn't think of that. But they often don't think to ask about alcohol intake, and most patients don't volunteer the information.
For the dangerous driving, as it threatens her life and that of innocent others, maybe someone should tip off the police so she can be stopped and lose her license pending treatment - which may motivate her into more serious treatment.
Similarly, as Lisa says, a court, especially if she is involved in some alcohol related offense, can order her into more serious rehab and a dollow-up on probation. Short stints in rehab without proper follow-up are useless.
It would be reckless for anyone to diagnose schizophrenia ( this doesn't at all sound like schizophrenia ) or Bipolar Disorder, unless and until she can be expertly assessed when she has been sober for some time.
If anyone is genuinely believed to be suffering from a mental disorder such that they may be a risk to themselves or others, there are sexctions of the Mental Health law which could be invoked to arrange compulsory assessment and even treatment - if you have a really good GP he should know about this, and similarly any psychiatrist who has been treating her.
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