I just found this forum this morning. My husband of just over 5 years was diagnosed with BP just a few months ago. He is an alcoholic, in recovery for four years, who nearly died of complication from cirrhosis about seven years ago. He's also diabetic and suffers from a complication of the diabetes that has caused his feet to degenerate.
When he is willing and/or able to talk about his BP issues, he says he thinks he may have been BP even before he started drinking, which was when he was 13. His liver specialist referred him to a psychiatrist, and after about 6 months, he agreed to go, and received his diagnosis. At first, his meds were working amazingly well - he was in a manic phase when he started treatment, and that just dissipated. He saw a nurse practitioner once a week for about six weeks, then was put on a schedule of every two weeks. But then his NP had a family emergency, and his appointments were canceled. We were told we would be called with further insttructions, but it's been three weeks now, and nothing. Meanwhile, he's gone into a down phase - sleeps all the time, is irritable and withdrawn, and insists nothing is wrong. He won't call his psychiatrist's office to follow up, and he doesn't want me to, either. He is sleeping now, as he has been doing about 16-18 hours a day, and he believes this is perfectly normal. Today my son is graduating from high school, and I should be happy, but my husband has been rude to my son and almost shouted at him at church. (They have never gotten along, and my son is frequently a focus when my husband is irritable.) He is acting like a zombie, and I just wish there was something I could do.
I'm glad I found this forum, and I'm looking forward to reading and posting.