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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.)

Courage and Impulsivity

Impulsivity is one of the most typical, and potentially dangerous, symptoms of bipolar disorder. Had my family not recognized and hospitalized me for an acute manic episode some five years ago, I'd have gotten tattoos all over my face, chopped off all my hair, hopped a flight to Rome to accept a non-existent job, and possibly killed myself trying to fly off our 20th floor balcony. (Click to continue.)

Opinion: A plea from an exhausted Muslim woman

I wasn’t surprised by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's recent statement about a “problem within Islam.” (Click to continue.)

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Kirkus: Haldol and Hyacinths Review

A bold, courageous book by a woman who transforms mental illness into an occasion for activism. (Click to continue.)

Publishers Weekly: Haldol and Hyacinths Review

[Moezzi's] vivid descriptions of being pulled against her will in a swirl of impulsivity, hallucinations, and paranoia are riveting. (Click to continue.)

The Sisterhood of Generation I (Adult Children of Immigrants)

I’ve never met Raquel Cepeda in person, but we come from the same family. That is, the family of adult children of immigrants with our feet in two or more lands, inextricably torn between the lands of our ancestors and those of our descendents. Cepeda’s latest project, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, is a memoir that combines storytelling, science and commentary. Like Cepeda, the book is an unorthodox amalgam, but it works. In fact, in many respects, that’s why it works. (Click to continue.)

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Why I Won't See Argo

I can't stand people who blast books or movies without actually reading or seeing them. So, to be clear, this is not a critique. For one, I've heard great things about Argo -- that it's a gripping, well-acted and well-directed, edge-of-your-seat thriller (which is impressive, given everyone already knows the ending).

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Burkas, Babies and Warplanes

By calling on parents to dress their female babies in burqas in a television interview that ran on Islamic al-Majd TV last year (but only recently began to receive international media attention), Saudi cleric Sheikh Abdullah Daoud has garnered disgust and disdain from the civilized world. And by “civilized” here, I am referring to all sentient beings whose mental function exceeds that of sea anemone.

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