Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American lawyer, activist, and award-winning author. Her latest book is titled Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life. The memoir chronicles Melody's road to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. In it she talks about an early battle with pancreatitis, she addresses psychotic breaks and manic episodes, details the project of writing her first book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, and comments on the stigma associated with mental illness. Melody brings out the humor and humanity in it all. This month, Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, the book was released in paperback.
This Friday, July 18th Melody will discuss and read from Haldol and Hyacinths at Scuppernong Books (304 South Elm Street) in Greensboro. The event is sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Greensboro and takes place 7:00-8:30pm. Melody's talk is titled "From Restraints to Recognition: Thriving with Mental Illness." The event is free and open to the public.
You can also learn more about Melody through her YouTube Series A Saner Spin on Crazy. Some of the resources mentioned by Melody in this interview include: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.