Melody Moezzi is an writer, activist, attorney, speaker, and award-winning author. She is the author of "Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life" (Avery/Penguin, 2013) and "War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims" (University of Arkansas Press, 2007)—as well as the forthcoming memoir, "The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life" (TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House, 2020). In addition to her “Flight of Ideas” column bp Magazine, Moezzi’s writing has appeared in many other outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Ms. Magazine, and HuffPost. She has also appeared on many radio and television programs, including NPR, PRI, CNN, BBC, PBS, and others. Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Emory University School of Law, as well as the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She lives in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit melodymoezzi.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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Bipolar Recovery Can Be The Toughest Job In The World – We Deserve Some Credit!
Recovery is absolutely a team sport. Not only do you need to recruit the best players, but you need to train them. I suck at sports. I’m neither proud nor ashamed to admit it. It is simply a fact: I am not the athletic type. I am, however, the organized type. I recognize...
Bipolar and Sleep Disturbance: We Can’t All Be Prince
Sleep disturbance and bipolar disorder are definitely related. Sleeping less is a prominent signal of elevated mood states, and sleeping the day away can also be typical of the low pole of bipolar. Several months before my first psychotic break, I made a decision. At the time, I thought it was a bright idea, which...
Living With Bipolar Disorder’s Invisible Scars
We’ve all had our struggles and been in pain, but some of our scars are more visible than others By Melody Moezzi I’ve been sick in the head and gut nearly half my life. Both my brain and my pancreas have turned on me on countless occasions: my brain with its tendency toward extreme,...
Blogs and Articles
Authenticity: The Ultimate Act of Self-Care
Be true to who you are—not who your family and community expect you to be–and practice authenticity, the greatest act of self-care. The World Health Organization defines self-care as “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support...
What to Do to Silence Your Inner Self-Defeating Critic
Despite that nasty voice in our heads that’s always saying “You can’t,” we are eternally worthy and useful. We can, and do! “You’re lazy. You’re useless. You’re better off giving up,” I said to no one ever. Except, of course, if you count me. I could never imagine saying any of this to another person,...
How Frogs Help Us Distinguish Bipolar Mania from Joy
The scary line between healthy feelings of joy and terrifying symptoms of acute mania isn’t nearly as narrow as I once thought. I love frogs. Have ever since I was a kid. Their beauty, diversity, and versatility fascinate me. And while I’m no herpetologist, I know more about frogs than the average person. Before you...
Ellen Forney is ‘Rock Steady’ on the Way to Stability
Columnist, Melody Moezzi, delves into Ellen Forney’s latest book, “Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life,” on finding stability and how to maintain it. It’s not easy being highly public about something most people prefer to keep highly private, but knowing you’re not alone makes it a whole lot easier. As an “out” bipolar...
Finding The Strength To Ask For & Accept Help
Seeking help to manage your bipolar disorder is NOT weak; admitting that you need help is a sign of great personal strength. It was my final year of law school, and all was well on paper. But true to form, depression didn’t care. It led me to the brink of me taking my own...
Bipolar & Wellness: Welcome to the ‘Thrive Tribe’
What do members of the ‘thrive tribe’—those with Bipolar who maintain healthy, fulfilling lifestyles—have in common? In an effort to combat the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health conditions, I’ve been writing and speaking publicly about my experiences with bipolar disorder for nearly a decade. In that time, I have encountered countless others who share...