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How News Can Make You Happy

I hear it all the time, from doctors, teachers, lawyers, hairdressers, accountants, you name it: "I don't follow the news. It's too depressing." While I understand the sentiment, I find its consequences far more depressing than even the gloomiest of newscasts. (Click to continue.)

Lawyers of Sound Mind?

Last week, swarms of sun-starved, soon-to-be lawyers emerged from hiding to celebrate completing the bar exam. Passing the exam, however, won’t guarantee them admission to the bar. They also have to demonstrate that they possess the requisite fitness and moral character for the practice of law. (Click to continue.)

Update... Good news: U.S. Justice Dept. Finds States Violate ADA If Inquire into Mental Health Condition or Treatment When Assessing Fitness to Practice Law

Girls' Night Out? Count Me Out

While I've enjoyed plenty of evenings out with female friends, I've never especially appreciated any outing billed specifically as a "girls' night out" (GNO). The whole concept -- including its male counterpart, the "guys' night out" -- just seems strange to me. Perhaps it's because self-segregation has always struck me as silly, or perhaps it's because being an Iranian-American Muslim bipolar feminist rarely affords me the luxury of fully self-segregating anywhere. Whatever the reason, I've grown to hate these gatherings and avoid them whenever possible. (Click to continue.)

Haldol and Hyacinths: An Inspirational and Powerful Memoir

"'Courageous' is the word that came to my mind when I read Melody Moezzi’s novel. On January 26, 2014, CHAI, co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), held its quarterly book club meeting at the East Columbia Branch Library, to discuss 'Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life' by Melody Moezzi. For this specific book club meeting, we had the luxury of having the author Skyping in to meet us and talk about the book." (Click to continue.)


Clip from Skyland Trail Visit

From the website: "Skyland Trail inspires people with mental illness to thrive through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, integrated medical care, research, and education."

Review of Haldol and Hyacinths, by Bobbi Parish-Logie

Melody Moezzi’s Haldol and Hyacinths was the last book I read in 2013. And it was a stunning way to end my reading year. The book was thought provoking to the extreme, starting a ripple in my thoughts that became a large wave washing over over my emotions. (Click to continue.)


Mental Health Ought to Matter More Than Uniforms

As part of its bid to become the least productive United States legislature ever, the current 113th Congress is managing to hold up yet another worthy piece of bipartisan legislation. Senate Bill 162, introduced by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) as the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act, would authorize grants to "improve the treatment of mentally ill individuals in the criminal justice system" within state, local and tribal governments. (Click to continue.)

A Bipolar Life, Feminist Nuns & WOC Media Literacy

Hosted by Ariana Manov, Valecia Phillips & Abeni Moreno: We talk to Melody Moezzi, author of “HALDOL AND HYACINTHS: A Bipolar Life“. With candor and humor, Melody Moezzi — a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim Woman — chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bi-polarity. (Click to listen.)

Kings River Life Magazine: Haldol and Hyacinths Review

"Melody Moezzi is many things. She is an activist, lawyer, author, speaker, and an Iranian American. Unfortunately, it is her bipolar disorder that has largely defined her life." (Click to continue.)


What Really Matters to the Iranians?

Even before the details of the temporary deal between Iran and the P5+1 group were released on Saturday, many Iranians were already celebrating. Just the idea of an agreement -- any agreement -- between Iran and the United States was enough to bring tears to the eyes of this Iranian-American, and I wasn't alone. Iranians all over the world took to social media to express their elation at the first formal agreement between the U.S. and Iran in over 30 years. (Click to continue.)