The Upside of Meeting Your Manic Self

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2019

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?

Let us know by leaving a comment below!

About the author
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 and follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Photo Credit: Ann Silver
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