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100 1 Moezzi, Melody,|d1979-
245 10 Haldol and hyacinths :|ba bipolar life /|cMelody Moezzi.
264 1 New York :|bAvery, A member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,
300 xiv, 288 pages ;|c22 cm
505 0 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 --
520 "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"--|cProvided by
520 "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"--|cProvided by
600 10 Moezzi, Melody,|d1979-|xMental health.
650 0 Bipolar disorder|vCross-cultural studies.
650 0 People with bipolar disorder|xFamily relationships.
650 0 Iranian Americans|xPsychology.
650 0 Psychiatry, Transcultural|vCase studies.