The Upside of Meeting Your Manic Self

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2020
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A few weeks ago, I accepted a book deal for my second booka memoir highlighting my clinical bipolarity (as someone living with bipolar disorder) and my cultural bipolarity (as an Iranian-American Muslim). I have about a year to finish writing the book, as I’ve only written a handful of chapters thus far, so I’m just getting started.

 

Despite the fact that the book is about my own experiences, it still requires tons of research on my part—and not the kind I particularly enjoy doing. In preparation for writing, I’m now in the process going through old diaries, documents, notes and medical records.

 

I tend to write a lot when I’m manic, and a lot of that writing tends to read like nonsense. So, reviewing all my manic rants has proven exhausting—not to mention disturbing. It’s definitely not something I would have done if I weren’t writing this book. Nonetheless, reviewing Manic Melody’s notes has been incredibly enlightening.

 

I wouldn’t have thought that reading my delusional ramblings would in any way further my journey toward health and recovery, but it has. By taking the time to “meet” my manic self while I’m in a stable and healthy place, I’m learning just how vital it is for me to continue taking my medication and pursuing healthy habits when it comes to sleep, diet and exercise especially.

 

What insights have you come upon after seeing, hearing or reading the products of your manic mind?

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About the author
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.

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