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Inside a Cross-Cultural, Bipolar Life

Melody Moezzi's memoir Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life is the harrowing tale of a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman who was encouraged to keep her illness a secret by her family as well as the medical establishment. (Click to listen.)

Activist fighting the stigma of mental illness (interview by Steve Fast)

Activist, attorney and author Melody Moezzi is no stranger to fighting for the underdog. In organizing efforts for Iranians, Muslims, women and those in the LGBT community, Moezzi has been an outspoken figure who has urged understanding and acceptance across cultural lines. (Click to listen.)

Is my child a psychopath? Here are 12 warning signs

Video clip not available. Click logo for related article. I STRONGLY DISAPPROVE OF THE ANGLE & OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE IN THIS REPORT & I MADE MYSELF CLEAR DURING THE HOUR-LONG ON-AIR PANEL DISCUSSION...which I can't find online to post. Basically, I kept trying to drag us out of the gutter--what I called a "cesspool of sensationalism" on air--and most everyone else just kept dragging us right back in.

Boston Globe: Haldol and Hyacinths Review

Mental illness is serious business — “bipolar disorder is a legitimate and lethal illness that has nearly killed me on several occasions,” author Melody Moezzi writes. (Click to continue.)

One Woman’s Battle With Bipolar Disorder

Excerpt from Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life:

United by helplessness, fear, fragility and common enemies, the Cottage E residents of November 2005 weren’t much different from those in myriad other residential psychiatric facilities across the country. (Click to continue.)

IndyWeek Review

“By turns truth-telling and humorous, Haldol and Hyacinths recounts the ways that psychological illness is judged or disbelieved along cultural and social lines.” (Click to continue.)

Parade: Haldol and Hyacinths Review

In her defiantly frank memoir, Iranian-American Melody Moezzi reveals that the worst part of being bipolar wasn’t the meds or hospital stays but the stigma. Iranians, she says, “prefer to sweep [mental health issues] under our prettiest Persian rugs." (Click to continue.)

WAMC Northeast Public Radio Interview

Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised in the American heartland. When at eighteen, she began battling a severe physical illness, her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths. (Click to listen.)

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