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. At 18, when
she began battling a serious physical illness, her family andcommunity rallied around her,
filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths. But when she attempted suicideand was
ultimately diagnosed with bipolar disorder after an acute manic episode and psychotic break,
there were no flowers.
Based on interviews, recollections and her medical records, Moezzi recounts her mania and depression,
her manyhospitalizations and her current state of mind in HALDOL AND HYACINTHS: A Bipolar Life in fascinating detail.
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