Melody Moezzi, an award-winning author and visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is also an activist, attorney, and keynote speaker. Her most recent book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, joins her earlier works: the critically acclaimed Haldol and Hyacinths and War on Error, which earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award and a Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Honorable Mention. In addition to her Flight of Ideas column for bp Magazine, Moezzi’s writing has appeared in many outlets, including Ms. magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC News, the Guardian, HuffPost, Al Arabiya, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including CNN, BBC, NPR, PBS, PRI, and more. Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University, the Emory University School of Law, and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She divides her time between Cambridge, MA, and Wilmington, NC, with her husband, Matthew, and their ungrateful cats, Keshmesh and Nazanin. For more information, please visit melodymoezzi.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Blogs and Articles

How to Distinguish Bipolar Mania from Joy

Melody Moezzi
July 24, 2018

The scary line between healthy feelings of joy and terrifying symptoms of acute mania isn’t nearly as narrow as I once thought. Here’s how seeing my mood states as frogs helps me sort out my emotions, moods, and episodes. Bipolar Mood States = Amphibians? Hear Me Out… I love frogs. Have ever since I was...

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Ellen Forney is ‘Rock Steady’ on the Way to Stability

Melody Moezzi
July 4, 2018

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...

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Finding The Strength To Ask For & Accept Help

Melody Moezzi
June 14, 2018

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...

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Bipolar & Wellness: Welcome to the “Thrive Tribe”

Melody Moezzi
June 14, 2018

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...

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What to Do When Pain Accompanies Bipolar Depression

Melody Moezzi
June 12, 2018

Neither pain nor bipolar can be effectively treated in isolation; the treatments for one condition invariably affect the other, for better or worse. Thanks to a pancreatic tumor, major surgery, and migraines along with bipolar I, I’ve become quite the expert in all things excruciating. As such, I’m confident that the distinctions we often draw...

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On Faith and Bipolar Recovery

Melody Moezzi
May 2, 2017

Accepting the validity of both spiritual and clinical components of a mental health condition and its treatment can make a world of difference. I believe in God and science, prayer and medication, faith and reason. I recognize my bipolar disorder as a sometimes agonizing clinical condition that requires medical treatment, but I also recognize it...

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