Melody's Story Pt 1 (of 2): Iranian-American Muslim Author & Attorney Busts Bipolar Stigma & Islamophobia
An Iranian-American Muslim, born in 1979, the year of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Melody Moezzi's life reads like a novel. She describes the displacement of her family–how the 1980 Iranian Hostage Crisis forced her family to leave the United States but the Iran-Iraq War also meant they could not stay in Iran. In this interview, Melody Moezzi, a 32-year old award-winning author and attorney with Bipolar I, describes her worst experience with anti-bipolar stigma. She also talks about Islamophobia and myths people believe about Muslims. Her ability to laugh in the face of pain is intriguing; her success despite stigma is uplifting. Interested in learning more about Moezzi? Then, check out her website, www.melodymoezzi.com, or look at her book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, published in 2007.
- Have you ever experienced mental health stigma like Melody did during her hospitalization?
- Do you know someone who might be encouraged by hearing Melody's story?
--Jessica Lynn Gimeno
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