Drugs, felony charges, even jail couldn’t stop him Electroconvulsive therapy did. A manic memoir by Andy Behrman. Andy Behrman (born ) is an American writer of non-fiction as well as a mental health advocate and national speaker. He is the author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania which was published by.

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The story begins as an exhilarating view into the manic’s world, with spontaneous flights to Tokyo, sketchy East Village bars, and a nonstop inner dialogue that makes your pulse race just to keep up.

Just see him as a moving target and feel the urge.

The doctors and nurses keep using the term ‘treatment’ as if we’re at a health spa. I can’t get myself to fall asleep. I tell him I’ll take both. How that brought about both his salvation and an end to his buoyant lifestyle is a raw but excellent testament of a person mentally and totally out of control. I put three three-inch-thick piles of cash back into the shoe box.

For a book about mania, it expresses little emotion. Ingesting handfuls of antidepressants and tranquilizers and feeling his mind lose traction, he opted for the last resort: By comparison, I must admit to being a coward in comparison to Andy – I could never strip myself bare so publicly and for this we His childhood touched my heart as mejoir mirrors my own.

It’s like a modern American Gigolo with a strange de Andy Behrman hasn’t quite written a s of bipolar wlectroboy as much as a retelling almost a reliving of his dissipated life.


And I don’t like any of it. Get to Know Us.

And for once he didn’t have a ready escape hatch from his unraveling life. If I could just stick my tongue out the window and suck one of those amorphous numbus or cumulus or whatever-Mrs-Robinson-called-them-in-fourth-grade clouds deeply into my lungs, maybe I could get rid of this feeling. Everyone in first class was probably showering at the same time this morning.

But when he turned to art forgery, he found himself the subject of a scandal lapped up by the New York media, then incarcerated, manua under house arrest. At once hilarious and harrowing, Electroboy paints a mesmerizing maniz of a man held hostage by his in-satiable desire to consume. And it was that; for the first half I read it just being annoyed at the entitled, smug Manhattanite, with too much money, drugs, dlectroboy at his disposal. My father gives me a gentle kiss on the forehead and holds back his tears.

But in Behrman’s account, it’s unclear whether the author’s descriptions of his psychological struggles are intended to clarify his experience of illness or to exploit the sensationalistic aspects of his manic depression drug binges, sexual escapades and treatment with electroshock therapy for fun and profit.

Where were his parents? I suppose that would make me the director of my own insanity, but I can only wish for that kind of control. It sounds so pleasant – could it be? I throw on a pair of jeans no briefs and a black cashmere turtleneck.

Just see him as a moving target and feel the urge.


The shocking adventures of Electroboy

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Get to Know Us. Andy Behrman comes across as a spoiled rich kid from the get. He is way, way, way out of control, and is virtually unchecked for most of his life.

I expect his road is still not easy, but I appreciate that he is opening his heart and mind so that others may benefit from his experiences. Topics Books The Observer.

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I’ve got to be strong And try to hang on Or else my mind may well snap And my life will be lived for the thrills -Dr. I think what makes this nonfiction work so compatible with my story-telling tastes is that the tone of the writing isn’t what’s most important.

I could do a much better job flying this jet plane than our pilot. A ndy Behrman is a manic-depressive. I’d love a amnia. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.