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A Persian in Therapy

My people don’t do psychotherapy. We have friends. We have families. We have pharmacies. Paying strangers to listen to our problems isn’t our style. (Click to continue.)

Writing Like an Asian: Five Qs with Melody Moezzi

(Q1) In "Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life," you decide to make your illness public. What were your concerns about doing so, and what made you decide to go forward? (Click to continue.)

Riot Round-Up: The Best Books We Read in April

Chris Arnone: "Melody Moezzi is an amazing writer, sharp and witty and very funny, describing life as a young Iranian woman raised by her family in the American midwest, balancing those two sides of her world and cultures in a pre- and post-9/11 world." (Click to continue.)

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11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published

Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed. (Click to continue.)

Treat, Don't Traumatize

Given plans to introduce at least two mental health reform bills in Congress this month, some have high hopes that our leaders will soon deliver meaningful mental health reform. I do not. (Click to continue.)

5 Tips From Your Sober Holiday Guest

When people first learn that I don't drink alcohol, they often request an explanation. Mine is rarely consistent. Sometimes I say I don't like the taste. Sometimes I say I'm Muslim. Sometimes I say I have a medical condition. All are true, but none in isolation contains a full explanation. (Click to continue.)

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Q. How do you bring about real change? 

A. The formula that works for me: Take countless heaping teaspoons of persistence and add a dash of delusion. I’m blessed in that rejection only makes me work harder to prove my doubters wrong, and I’m prone to delusions of grandeur thanks to my mental illness. (Read the entire interview here.)

Straight Talk interview with Nick Lawrence - WEEU 830

Haldol And Hyacinths, by Iranian-American, attorney, and award-winning author, Melody Moezzi, delves into the mysterious and often misunderstood world of Bi-Polar Disorder. Listen as Melody tells her harrowing story of missed and mis-diagnoses, and her journey through our dysfunctional mental illness health care system. Her passionate and compassionate approach to helping those suffering from this manic-depressive syndrome, will be an inspiration to all who suffer with this often debilitating condition.

When Reader Inspires Author

To the joy and horror of authors everywhere, it's never been easier for readers to reach us. And given the value so many publishers now place on platform, celebrity and branding, very few authors can afford to be reclusive. So we do the professionally responsible thing. We make ourselves available to our readers -- through websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and the list goes on. (Click to continue.)