Mike (we'll only use his last name) spent a long time dealing with bipolar disorder before doctors truly understood his condition.
If you break a leg or come down with a disease that confines you to bed, people generally know what to do. But that's physical illness. Mental illness presents a different set of challenges in diagnosis and treatment.
All of the members of Southern Oregon Compass House in Medford learned this firsthand. Once a month, we visit with clubhouse members and staffers to explore issues in mental illness, issues we're often hearing about for the first time.
Compass Radio returns with Mike's story of overcoming mental illness.