As if suffering from manic-depression isn't bad enough, "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."
So writes Jeff Schechtman on his Specific Gravity blog. For today's lesson, Schechtman interviews Melody Moezzi, a manic-depressive Iranian-American Muslim woman who is the author of Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life.
Moezzi was encouraged to keep her illness a secret by her family as well as the medical establishment. But she did the opposite, and became an outspoken public health advocate.