Haldol and Hyacinths

Haldol and Hyacinths

A Bipolar Life

Book - 2014
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With candor and humor, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman chronicles her experiences with both clinical and cultural bipolarity. At 18, she began battling a severe physical illness, and 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 anti-psychotics, 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 or silenced, 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 a victim. Moezzi reports from the frontlines of an invisible world, as seen through a unique and fascinating cultural lens.
Publisher: New York, Avery,, 2014
Edition: First trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781583335505
Branch Call Number: 616.895 MOE NVD
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Haldol & hyacinths

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Cynthia_N Sep 19, 2014

Moezzi does a great job of sharing her journey with bipolar disorder. She had me laughing and on the verge of tears. I did think the book came across a little dry at times and it was a slow read but the brutal honesty made it worth it.

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