Melody Moezzi
Melody Moezzi is a writer, attorney, speaker, activist, and award-winning author. She is also a United Nations Global Expert and an Opinion Leader for the British Council’s Our Shared Future initiative. Her latest book, the critically acclaimed Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, was recently released in paperback, and her first book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2007.

Moezzi is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Ms. Magazine, and a featured columnist and blogger for bp [Bipolar] Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Christian Science Monitor among other outlets. She has also appeared on many radio and television programs, including NPR, PRI, CNN, BBC and others.

Moezzi is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Emory University School of Law, as well as the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She lives in Raleigh, NC.

For more information and links to more of her work, please visit and follower her on Twitter (@MelodyMoezzi).

Entries by Melody Moezzi


(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 10:37 PM


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A Message From Your Muslim Neighbors

(48) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 12:06 PM

As someone who writes about the news, I can't exactly ignore it. Still, lately, I have been tempted. So many of the breaking news alerts I receive on my phone now seem to have something to do with a certain leading political candidate saying hateful and ignorant things about me....

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The Human Rights Crisis We Ignore

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 5:04 PM

As the world marked Human Rights Day, some 67 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we currently face a global human rights crisis that few even recognize. It is the consequence of an affliction that can make its victims self-destruct....

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Bad Muslim?

(7) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 3:24 PM

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I don't speak Arabic. I rarely pray more than once a day. I don't cover my hair. I curse. I sing. I dance. I paint my nails. I sport spaghetti straps. I love dogs. And if pork and alcohol...

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Why Ben Carson Cannot Be President

(1459) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 3:40 PM

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has made it clear that he could not uphold the oath of office to defend the U.S. Constitution. By claiming that Muslims should be precluded from holding presidential or judicial offices on the basis of practicing their religion, Ben Carson has revealed more...

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Weirdest Ad Ever: H&M, Pseudo-Sustainability and Diversity Porn

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 6:15 PM

The world's second largest fashion retailer recently made a deliberate move to attract members of the world's second largest religion, and people have taken notice.

More specifically, H&M featured a Muslim hijabi woman for a split second in this video advertising spot that deftly disguises a sly cost-saving measure as...

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11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 10:31 PM

Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed.

There is no single "correct" path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different. I've worked with...

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Treat, Don't Traumatize

(7) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Given plans to introduce at least two mental health reform bills in Congress this month, some have high hopes that our leaders will soon deliver meaningful mental health reform. I do not.

As one of the more than 40 million American adults living with a...

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5 Tips From Your Sober Holiday Guest

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 12:48 PM

When people first learn that I don't drink alcohol, they often request an explanation. Mine is rarely consistent. Sometimes I say I don't like the taste. Sometimes I say I'm Muslim. Sometimes I say I have a medical condition.

All are true, but none in isolation contains a full...

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When Reader Inspires Author

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 4:24 PM


To the joy and horror of authors everywhere, it's never been easier for readers to reach us. And given the value so many publishers now place on platform, celebrity and branding, very few authors can afford to be reclusive. So we do the...

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A Better Way to Remember Robin Williams

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:31 PM

While many have speculated that Robin Williams struggled with bipolar disorder, the Oscar-winning actor and comedian who lost his life to suicide on Monday never publicly stated as much. In fact, he outright refuted it in a characteristically quick-witted interview with Fresh Air's Terry...

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Why Forcibly Medicating the Mentally Ill Is Dangerous

(17) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 12:58 PM

In a 9-2 vote on Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved Laura's Law, which allows judges to order involuntary outpatient treatment, including forced medication, for certain patients with a history of psychiatric illness. While adopted in 2002, Laura's Law requires authorization by local jurisdictions, so this vote made...

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Stop Misappropriating Tragedy

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this?

But when lives are lost, no answer can ever suffice. Still, we ask, buoyed by hope and reason, in an effort to do that which has proven nearly impossible...

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4 Tips From an Ethnically Ambiguous Stranger

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:22 PM

I'm used to people asking me where I'm from. Sometimes it's other brown people wanting to know if we share a heritage, and sometimes it's white people wanting to know...well, I'm not sure what.

When the question comes from another person of color who clearly just wants to know...

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The Case for Produce

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 6:03 PM

A new study has found that eating fruits and vegetables could literally save your life. Nice to know, but I'll keep eating them just because they taste good.

Growing up in Ohio as the daughter of Iranian parents meant frequently having to explain my lunches to classmates....

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How News Can Make You Happy

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:01 PM

I hear it all the time, from doctors, teachers, lawyers, hairdressers, accountants, you name it: "I don't follow the news. It's too depressing." While I understand the sentiment, I find its consequences far more depressing than even the gloomiest of newscasts.

Recognizing much of the public's shared distaste for...

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Girls' Night Out? Count Me Out

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 6:14 PM

While I've enjoyed plenty of evenings out with female friends, I've never especially appreciated any outing billed specifically as a "girls' night out" (GNO). The whole concept -- including its male counterpart, the "guys' night out" -- just seems strange to me. Perhaps it's because self-segregation has always struck me...

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U No Read, Me No Write

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:25 AM

As disheartening as it is to admit, I know that many "readers" don't actually read, at least online. Still, until recently, no editor ever encouraged me to write for the skimming, scanning, browsing, not-actually-reading "reader."

As a rule, I try to forget these "readers" when I write -- despite knowing...

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Mental Health Ought to Matter More Than Uniforms

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 8:11 PM

As part of its bid to become the least productive United States legislature ever, the current 113th Congress is managing to hold up yet another worthy piece of bipartisan legislation. Senate Bill 162, introduced by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) as the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act, would

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What Really Matters to the Iranians?

(12) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 5:02 PM

Even before the details of the temporary deal between Iran and the P5+1 group were released on Saturday, many Iranians were already celebrating. Just the idea of an agreement -- any agreement -- between Iran and the United States was enough to bring tears to the eyes of this Iranian-American,...

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