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Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life Paperback – 1 Jul 2014
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"An excellent read, no matter what your level of familiarity (or lack thereof) with mental illness."
--Gina Webb, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
"[W]hipsmart but whimsical...Moezzi's fierce honesty and comic self deprecation bind together winningly."
--Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe
"[A] defiantly frank memoir."
"At times moving, unsettling, and funny, Moezzi's brash, barely filtered memoir is a fascinating glimpse into a tumultuous mind."
"A captivating autobiographical account of [Moezzi's] struggle with bipolar disorder."
--Brian Mossop, Scientific American MIND
--Teresa Weaver, Atlanta Magazine
"Moezzi is brutally honest...[and] bitingly funny in her narrative."
--Cliff Bellamy, The Herald-Sun
"Iranian-American story with a feminist bipolar twist."
--Tyler Cowen, New York Times Magazine "One-Sentence Book Review"
"[A] must-read autobiography... informative and uplifting."
--Atiya Hasan, Brown Girl Magazine
"A big brain and a big heart inform this courageous and often hilarious memoir."
--Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls "Intelligent, accurate, entertaining, culturally relevant, and a little sassy..."
--New York Journal of Books "Captivating . . . a powerful narrative."
About the Author
Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim activist, attorney, writer, and award-winning author. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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That being said, Ms. Moezzi didn't pull any punches. This is a VERY accurate account of what many Bipolar 1 patients go through. The one thing that makes this book stand out from the rest is how relatable the author is to people who have this illness. Unlike many Bipolar resource books that family, friends, and people with this disorder can read, she accurately describes the symptoms as well as indirectly citing resources and how important it is to have a support group (in her case, it was family, her husband, and friends). It isn't a resource book and doesn't have the kind of material that a resource book may have. However, reading her experience really provides a good account for people who know someone with bipolar and can't make sense of their actions and moods.
I highly recommend this novel for everyone, especially those in the mental health field or those who are going into the mental health field. The problems cited about misdiagnosis run rampant with this disease as well as the questionable treatment by many doctors. It really is a great "What to Expect When Your Planning Your Future Career" manual in that sense. It is very hard for people who do not have this disease or are very close with someone with this disease to understand it and her memoir really helps make that connection at the author's own expense.
Above all, this book is somewhat of a memoir. It is very well-written and it is also written in such a witty way that many people would enjoy reading it, along with family and friends of people with bipolar.