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Melody Moezzi
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Melody Moezzi is a writer, attorney, speaker, activist, a United Nations Global Expert and award-winning author. Her latest book, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, was released in August 2013 by Avery. Her first book, War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, earned her a Georgia Author of the Year Award.

Moezzi writes and speaks on a variety of issues, particularly those relating to Islam, Iran and mental health. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Ms. Magazine, and a columnist for bp Magazine.

Moezzi's writing has appeared in many outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Christian Science Monitor. She has also appeared on many radio and television programs, including NPR, CNN and BBC.

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 www.melodymoezzi.com.

Entries by Melody Moezzi

Why Forcibly Medicating the Mentally Ill Is Dangerous

(16) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 11:58 AM

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 | 8:59 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 | 3:22 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 | 5:03 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 | 12:01 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 | 5:14 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 | 10:25 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 | 7:11 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 | 4:02 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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America's Mental Hospitals: Where Smoking Buys You Sunshine

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 8:40 PM

Imagine a place in the United States where most everyone smokes, where smoking is in fact encouraged, where cigarettes are used as rewards, and where at times, you may even be denied outdoors unless it's for a smoke. I know it sounds crazy in this day and age of "no...

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TSA Ramadan Alert: Expect Unduly Clean, Respectful, Teetotaling Travelers

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 3:30 PM

In honor of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the Transportation Security Administration has provided the public with some curious "travel information," under the heading "Traveling During Ramadan." Ever devoted to protecting the safety and civil rights of travelers, the "TSA has reminded its security workforce that traveling passengers may...

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Brought to You by the Mentally Ill

(9) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 12:22 PM

As one of the roughly 60 million Americans living with a mental illness, I was happy to hear President Obama highlight the issue at last week's National Conference on Mental Health. I was particularly pleased by his recognition that "the overwhelming majority of people with mental illnesses are not violent...

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Why I Won't See Argo

(48) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 9:16 AM

I can't stand people who blast books or movies without actually reading or seeing them. So, to be clear, this is not a critique. For one, I've heard great things about Argo -- that it's a gripping, well-acted and well-directed, edge-of-your-seat thriller (which is impressive, given everyone already knows the...

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I Am Not Adam Lanza

(340) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 10:27 AM

I'm not the mother of a mentally ill child. I'm not the child of a mentally ill parent. I'm not the wife of a mentally ill husband. I am, however, mentally ill. I have a story too. And it's nothing like Adam Lanza's.

My story is neither violent nor sensational,...

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What's the Most Islamic Approach to Islamophobia?

(11) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Whether the recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya, Egypt and Yemen were provoked solely by an Islamophobic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad isn't entirely clear, though most media reports seem to suggest it. Claims that at least one of these attacks -- most likely the one in Benghazi...

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How I'm Celebrating Non-Parents Day

(9) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 1:32 PM

My husband and I have been thinking about adopting a kitten for a while now. Nazanin, our cat of nearly a year, seems a bit lonely, and we feel ready to expand our family. After months of deliberation, we finally decided to commit and headed to the local ASPCA.

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Who Really Ought to Be Afraid of Iran?

(36) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 11:21 AM

Assuming the so-called Islamic Republic of Iran is truly attempting to build a nuclear weapon (which I suspect is about as likely as it erecting a giant sculpture of a pig in the middle of Azadi square), who ought to be most afraid? The United States? Nope. Great Britain? By...

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Go Back to My Country?

(95) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 2:45 PM

You never forget the first time you're told to "go back to your country." It's like being punched in the heart and stomach simultaneously. The first time for me was during Desert Storm. I was 11, playing basketball on the playground. A boy who was notorious for talking back to...

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Forging Alliances Across Civilizations

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 2:21 PM

Last week marked the fourth annual United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Forum, a three-day conference held in Doha, Qatar. The UNAOC began in 2005 as an initiative of the Spanish and Turkish governments with the aim of creating alliances across different cultures and sectors of society. Its...

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Suffocating in Iran

(10) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 6:34 PM

I left Iran early last time. Not because I wanted to, but because I couldn't breathe. It was mid-December 1999, and the air was heavy with a thick black smog. My father and I, visiting from Ohio, weren't used to it. On the streets, those with surgical masks wore them...

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