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.
Stability 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, too. 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 the...
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
Navigating disclosure—The tricky topic of timing
When to disclose your diagnosis is a choice only you can make, after careful consideration In my previous column, I discussed considerations around whom to tell about a bipolar diagnosis. This time, before diving into questions of how to disclose and how much to disclose in upcoming columns, I’m addressing the tricky topic of timing....
Bipolar & Managing Procrastination
The art of under-promising and over-performing: Planning big projects should include breaking down goals into their smallest and most manageable parts … along with a healthy dose of mercy. Standing in line at the hardware store, knees and elbows splattered in shades of gold and green acrylic, arms cradling six cans of Satin Magenta, a...
How much should you disclose?
How much you choose to disclose depends on your individual circumstances, but just as importantly, it depends on who you are, what you believe, and where you want to go. A few years ago, I took a leap. After nearly a decade working as a full-time writer, I applied for a position as a creative...
Three Things Successful People with Bipolar Share
Having insight into your health conditions, prioritizing sleep, and maintaining a responsible relationship with substances is always smart—even more so if you have bipolar. I received two rejections yesterday, one of which forced me to click on four links and enter a password before I could access my “regret-to-inform-you” letter. I consider it a sign...
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,...