Haldol and Hyacinths by Melody Moezzi
A Bipolar Life

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A poetic portrait of life on the lines of sanity and a mind on the edge of cultures.
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With candor and humor, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity.
 
Born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised amid a vibrant, loving, and gossipy Iranian diaspora in the American heartland, Melody Moezzi was bound for a bipolar life. At 18, she began battling a severe physical illness, and her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies and hyacinths.
 
But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and anti-psychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret—by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment. Refusing to be ashamed or silenced, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way.
 
Both an irreverent memoir and a rousing call to action, Haldol and Hyacinths is the moving story of a woman who refused to become a victim. Moezzi reports from the frontlines of an invisible world, as seen through a unique and fascinating cultural lens. A powerful, funny, and moving narrative, Haldol and Hyacinths is a tribute to the healing power of hope and humor.
 

About Melody Moezzi

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Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim activist, attorney, writer, and award-winning author. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a UN Global Expert, a blogger for The Huffington Post and Ms., a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, and a columnist and blogger for Bipolar Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications worldwide.
 
Published August 1, 2013 by Avery. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on May 27 2013

A poetic portrait of life on the lines of sanity and a mind on the edge of cultures.

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Kirkus

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on May 18 2013

A bold, courageous book by a woman who transforms mental illness into an occasion for activism.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Christopher M. Doran on Jul 26 2013

...this book is written in a humor-filled, irreverent style that will appeal greatly to teens and young adults who may have bipolar disorder or its symptoms.

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