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‘Haldol and Hyacinths’ a report from the frontlines of bipolar disorder

One of Melody Moezzi’s biggest gripes about being bipolar is that nobody rewards it. “If you have cancer, you get flowers, visitors and compassion. If you have a mental illness, you get plastic utensils, isolation and fear. If you survive cancer, people consider you a hero and inspiration, and they tell you so.” (Premium content; read full review here.)

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 online or in print version.)

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

WUNC's The State of Things: Breaking The Silence Of Mental Illness

Iranian-American writer and attorney Melody Moezzi joins Frank Stasio to discuss her memoir Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life. (Click to listen.)

Navigating a Bipolar Life (interview by Joni Agronin, NAMI)

As a psychology major who knows how serious mental illness can be, I never thought stories about bipolar disorder would make me laugh. While bipolar disorder itself isn’t actually funny at all, in Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, Melody Moezzi brings humor to even the harshest realities of her disorder. (Click to continue.)

HuffPost Live: Don't Be Afraid, It's Just Ramadan

On Huff Post Live, I joined Muslim Public Affairs Council Director Haris Tarin and former American Airlines flight attendant Gailen David to discuss the TSA's recent "Traveling During Ramadan" guidelines. Marc Lamont Hill moderated.

On Mental Health Awareness in the Muslim Community

When I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, in the midst of an acute manic episode and psychotic break, I was convinced that I was a prophet. Having discovered the meaning of life (don’t ask, I forgot), I was ready to lead others. Not so easy from a locked isolation room. (Click to continue.)