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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.)

‘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.)