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Title Haldol and hyacinths : a bipolar life / Melody Moezzi.
Author Moezzi, Melody, 1979-
Summary "With candor and humor, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity. Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised amid a vibrant, loving, and gossipy Iranian diaspora in the American heartland. When at eighteen, she began battling a severe physical illness, her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths. But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret--by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment. Refusing to be ashamed, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way. Both an irreverent memoir and a rousing call to action, Haldol and Hyacinths is the moving story of a woman who refused to become torn across cultural and social lines. Moezzi reports from the front lines of the no-man's land between sickness and sanity, and the Midwest and the Middle East. A powerful, funny, and poignant narrative told through a unique and fascinating cultural lens, Haldol and Hyacinths is a tribute to the healing power of hope, humor, and acceptance"-- Provided by publisher.
"Iranian-American activist Melody Moezzi speaks out on behalf of the mentally ill with a bracingly funny and poignant tale of her own suicide attempt, bipolar disorder diagnosis, and reclamation of her life"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents No good reason -- Absent patterns -- White phosphorus -- The quiet room -- Treading water -- Fat-free hell -- Don't fuck with the pancreas -- Vital signs -- Glaciers in July -- Sleeping with the enemy -- Christmas in Tehran -- Toward a post-9/11 world -- Law school dropout -- Hoods and hurricanes -- Hooping for peace -- Don't worry, be happy -- Call the Travel Channel -- Naked in the crisis center -- No more screaming -- Ward ignored -- Going back to Ohio -- Clear blue stormy skies -- #Iranelection -- Stabilized volatility.


Location Call # Status
 Castlewood Biography  B MOEZZI  ON SHELF
Publisher New York : Avery, A member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013]
Description xiv, 288 pages ; 22 cm.
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Subject Manic-depressive illness -- Cross-cultural studies.
Manic-depressive persons -- Family relationships.
Iranian Americans -- Psychology.
Psychiatry, Transcultural -- Case studies.
Moezzi, Melody, 1979- -- Mental health.
ISBN 9781583334683