Many of us have trouble fully understanding bipolar disorder – even if we have a friend or loved one who suffers from it. So we’re here to answer the question, what is bipolar disorder? And how is it different from manic episodes or psychosis? What are the signs? Dr. Walter Jacobson, a leading psychiatrist in Southern California and author of “Forgive to Win!”, walks us through the types of bipolar disorder and what a bipolar person experiences on a day-to-day basis. Dr. Jacobson explains manic episodes, depressed episodes, bipolar depression, a bipolar 1 diagnosis versus a bipolar 2 diagnosis, manic episodes with psychotic features, and the difference between bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. We end with the discussion of the importance of taking the bipolar disorder diagnosis seriously, and choosing the right psychiatrist.