Bill McPhee is a mental health campaigner who was diagnosed with schizophrenia over 30 years ago. He was hospitalised six times, lived in three group homes and also attempted suicide. After five years going through a deep depression, the right medication and support of family and friends helped him in overcoming schizophrenia.
A mental health diagnosis can be confusing, scary, and frustrating. Although Bill’s mother had a mental illness, it didn’t make his own diagnosis any easier. That’s why he started travelling across North America to share his story and try to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness.
In this episode Bill talks about what being diagnosed with Schizophrenia means. He also discusses the difference between positive and negative symptoms and the three components of the illness. Another aspect in overcoming schizophrenia is the importance of developing a social circle and interests to support the correct medication.
As a young adult, Bill had no idea how to come to terms with having a mental illness. Three decades later he has come to realise that his mental illness is a blessing, not a curse.
You can find out more at https://billmacphee.ca/