The rapper is getting better "every day," a source tells PEOPLE exclusively
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It’s been more than two weeks since Kanye West left the hospital after suffering a mental breakdown, and those close to the rapper say he’s slowly working through his issues.

“He’s recovering, but not recovered,” a West friend tells PEOPLE exclusively. “He’s sick and every day he gets better.”

Earlier this week, another West source said the entertainer, 39 — who caused controversy by meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday in New York City — showed signs of trouble as early as Halloween.

“He wasn’t making a lot of sense when he talked, and he was texting a lot of strange stuff to people,” said the source.

Two months before his breakdown, Kardashian West, 36, was robbed at gunpoint in Paris and had millions of dollars worth of jewelry stolen from her. This incident is “what set off” West’s breakdown, says the West friend. “He was teetering on the edge and broke down.”

After seeking help for his issues, which another West confidant insisted were exacerbated by extreme sleep deprivation, those around the star are confident he will pull through.

Says the friend: “This is something he will deal with for life, but he can conquer it.”