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

Sadness or Depression —Which Are YOU Experiencing?

Melody Moezzi
March 1, 2017

bp Magazine columnist, Melody Moezzi, discusses the distinction between clinical depression and sadness.   Last time I talked about the distinction between mania and joy. Today I am talking about the distinction between bipolar depression and sadness (depression).You’ll note I used the same word for both of these, because we often say “I’m feeling depressed”...

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Is It Mania or Just Joy?

Melody Moezzi
February 8, 2017

The distinction between clinical mania and typical happiness can be hard to tell apart but there are some very clear differences.   Today I am talking about the distinction between mania and joy: one is a clinical state, the other is an emotional state; one can become problematic, the other one shouldn’t. Everyone should be...

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Bipolar Disorder & The Power of Pets

Melody Moezzi
January 4, 2017

bp Magazine columnist, Melody Moezzi, talks about the power of pets in reaching recovery. Today I am talking about the positive power of pets, and to do so, I’m joined by Keshmesh and Nazanin, who seems like she’s dead, but she’s not I promise. As you can see, Naz has this patch of bald right...

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Bipolar & Relationships: My Partner in Recovery

Melody Moezzi
January 1, 2017

When you and your partner share love, respect, gratitude, friendship, honesty, laughter, and faith, you can face anything—even the challenges of bipolar. By Melody Moezzi   I met my husband in 1997. He was 19, I was 18, and the Internet was barely a thing. Neither of us had a cell phone or an online...

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Tips on Thriving at School or Work with Bipolar Disorder

Melody Moezzi
December 14, 2016

bp Magazine columnist, Melody Moezzi, shares some tips on thriving at school and work when you’re living with bipolar disorder. Today I’m sharing some tips on how to thrive—not just survive, not just manage, not just get through—school and work when you’re living with bipolar disorder. Number one: Chill out. We got this. We are...

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Why Self-Care Matters

Melody Moezzi
November 2, 2016

bp Magazine columnist, Melody Moezzi, talks about the importance of self-care in any treatment plan, providing some examples of self-care strategies and inviting you to share your own       Hello, this is Melody Moezzi with bp Magazine’s bphope vlog, and today I’m talking about self-care – what it is, what it isn’t and...

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