Correction: as previously stated, pot is known to be connected to kindling, which can and frequently does not only aggravate but cause epilepsy and psychosis over prolonged use.It will hurt things. Whether it also helps in some way is an open question.
Correction back to ya:
'Known to be connected' is a correlative statement, not direct causation.
'Can and frequently does' is supposition in this case - you failed to note whether or not the person was taking their meds. You're either ignoring data about his alcohol abuse, or there's a 'clinging' to a theory going on. I think it's far more frequent that bipolar people take their meds, feel good, then drop the meds (cause they feel good). Same thing happens with antibiotics. People take the meds, feel good, drop the meds, get sick again.
Kay(e?) Redfield Jamieson writes about this phenomenon. She reports on a study where they researched something like (from memory so don't pin me down on it) 'thousands' of medical doctors given antibiotics with strict controlled instructions as to when and how to take the antibiotics. The stunning result was some huge number of Ss, medical doctors, stopped taking the prescribed medication as soon as symptoms disappeared. Food for thought in that study. These were medical doctors, I remind you. So imagine now that we're dealing with a medication for bipolar disorder...
'Cause epilepsy' is interesting and perhaps true but the person does not have epilepsy. And if the causal link were strong then people with 30 years of abuse ought to show epilepsy, but I haven't seen any.
'It will hurt things' If you argue 'memory' is one of those 'things', maybe you'd have a case. But you're not. You're saying 'things' which is too general to debate.
"It absolutely will aggravate bipolars, increase the frequency and severity of manic and depressive episodes." That is a proclamation that may be true but by itself gives no reason to believe this person has 'kindled' abnormally due to pot. You've not opened the black box, and peered inside. You're supposing the contents of that box without examining it. The simpler 'guess' is non compliance.
Look I don't doubt your scholarship. I'm grumpy that the guy is blasted and not taking his meds and the issue of being blasted and upsetting his drug routine was forgotten and not given a fair chance.
Finally, the brain is the wrong level of analysis for the problem. The right level of analysis is behavioral and cognitive. Does he 100% take the prescribed drugs to specification? Is he doing therapy to ensure he's taking the drugs the right way all the time? If he's drunk, there's no way to be assured of compliance with the drug regime.
The simplest answer is: He doesn't take his meds as happens with hundreds of thousands of patients all the time. Booze can lead to forgetting. So can stress. Lots of things.
Drunk people don't remember things so good.
Remember that quote. If the person worries about pot messing with memory, he can drop that too. But my experience in the field and in life tells me the booze is the best culprit. Esp. with bipolars - it's a 'not very good for you' thing to do.
As for the other episodes, yeah take the meds. Even if you weren't drunk for all episodes, the pot was probably taken in an effort to self medicate.
Bipolars don't take their meds so good
d-vade you're bipolar. Get used to a life with the drug prescribed by your PDoc. If you give it a try, a fair and solid effort, see what happens after maybe 3 months.