A Bipolar Life

August 10th, 2013
Kay Redfield Jamison, in her class book about depression, The Unquiet Mind, says that "manic-depression distorts moods and thoughts, incites dreadful behaviors, destroys the basis of rational thought, and too often erodes the desire and will to live. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it, an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure, yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering."  

But imagine if no one knows what your illness is, or if it is mistreated by the medical community.  How much worse is it, when treatment is possible, but it is prevented or delayed  by ignorance.

That's the story that Melody Moezzi tells in Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life

My conversation with Melody Moezzi: