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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Electroboy is memori emotionally frenzied memoir that reveals with kaleidoscopic intensity the terrifying world of manic depression. For years Andy Behrman hid his raging mania behind a larger-than-life personality. He sought a high wherever he could find one and changed jobs the way some people change outfits: Misdiagnosed by psychiatrists and psychotherapists for years, his condition e.

Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania

Misdiagnosed by psychiatrists and psychotherapists for years, his condition exacted od terrible price: Ignoring his crescendoing illness, Behrman struggled to keep up appearances, clinging to the golden-boy image he had cultivated in his youth. But when he turned to art forgery, he found himself the subject of a scandal lapped up by the New York media, then incarcerated, then under house arrest.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Electroboy by Andy Behrman. A Memoir of Mania by Andy Behrman. Ingesting handfuls of antidepressants and tranquilizers and feeling his mind lose traction, he opted for the last resort: At once hilarious and harrowing, Electroboy paints a mesmerizing portrait of a man held hostage by his in-satiable desire to consume.

Along the way, it shows us the New York that never sleeps: This unforgettable memoir is a unique contribution to the literature of mental illness and introduces a writer whose energy may electrkboy keep you up all night. From the Hardcover edition. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Electroboyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 07, Oriana rated it it was ok Shelves: I feel eldctroboy about it, electroboh I’m redoing this review.

Sorry if that’s a bit revisionist-history of me. I also want to say that I don’t have any kind of psych background, and little context to understand manic personality disorder.

To be completely honest, I think my longtime partner may have tendency toward some kind of mania, or bipolar, or something, and I happened to find this book when he was in sort of a tough place.

It did not do that at all. Electroboy is not a book about diagnosing and dealing with the reality of manic-depressive disorder. It’s a memoir of a person who runs as fast and far away from sanity and salvation as he possibly can, for a really long time. Andy Behrman comes across as a spoiled rich kid from the get.

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He has a crazy amount of sex and does an astounding amount of drugs. His morality is dubious and extremely fluid. He hurts all the people around him, with varying degrees of intent and satisfaction. He is incredibly narcissistic.

ELECTROBOY: A Memoir of Mania

He is way, way, way out of manai, and is virtually unchecked for most of his life. Where were his parents? Where were his friends? Why was no one paying attention to this volatile, self-destructive person? Here are some things Andy does. He stays up for days, answering classified ads and going to strangers’ homes to snort coke and have orgies. He runs and works at various PR agencies—very successfully, in fact—launching and enhancing the careers of a while slew of awful people.

He also works as a go-go boy and sometimes prostitute. He makes and drops friends at a, well, manic pace, just as quickly as he meets and discards therapists and medications. And even when he’s on a cocktail of a dozen different different meds, he still “gets restless” and goes out to take huge memkir of drugs elsctroboy sleep with hookers. I think the point was that the reader would feel bad for him, because the mania is driving him or whatever, but he was just so unapologetic, so boastful, so preening and proud.

He never really faced what he was epectroboy, never took responsibility manix all the damage he’d wrought, for slectroboy the people he’d hurt. It mmemoir all very hard to stomach, and very hard to enjoy.

View all 19 comments. May 19, Liz Wright rated it really liked it. Reading this book was like watching a horrible TV special on fast-forward horrible because electrroboy made you feel uncomfortable for Behrman and also for the people he knew, not because it was written poorly. Aug 27, Jenny Schmenny rated it liked it. A memoir by one of those 80’s yuppie schmucks. This one is afflicted with manic depression, emphasis on the manic part, so the more interesting parts of the book deal with his crazy, obsessive, reckless, scamming, over-sexed, money-burning frenzies.

Oh, and he was involved in a major international art fraud case. I didn’t like him, his writing style, or aspects of the book, but it was electrroboy interesting, and it reminded me of some of my manic friends, except on a grander, more screwed up scale. I c A memoir by one of those 80’s yuppie schmucks. I checked out his website and he’s now offering services advising other bipolar people.

Oct 14, Nathan Daniels rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my absolute favorite books. Fast-paced and highly entertaining. I read it for the second time this year. Jun 30, Michael Fischer rated it really liked it. I’d rank it up there with Marya Hornbacher’s “Madness. Behrman trusts readers to pick up on the style’s expression of theme; as another reviewer wrote, Behrman “shows” mania.

If you want mere information, try Google or a broch “Electroboy” is one of the better Bipolar memoirs I’ve read.


If you want mere information, try Google or a brochure, not a memoir. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t expect a creative memoir to introduce you to the disease. Anyway, Behrman has a story to tell, unlike many Bipolar memoirs that boringly milk the premise “I’m Bipolar”–yawn; who cares. That might sound harsh, but I’m Bipolar and more trees don’t need to die for these repetitive books to flood the market, books that simply ride the premise. I also wasn’t bothered by Behrman’s privilege.

He’s upfront about it from jump, self-deprecating, and the moments of braggadocio are so clearly at least to me showing grandiosity a symptom of high-octane mania and posturing. Again, it’s not his job to fill in those gaps for you and I appreciate his willingness to allow me, the reader, to participate in the reading of the text without dictating in sappy, dishonest self-help rhetoric.

Apr 18, Micaela rated it did not like it Shelves: This was a total piece of garbage. I am so sick and tired of memoirs that have no depth! This was just a recounting of his “awesome times” and how much money he made and how he barely even was punished for art fraud. Oh, and he had electroshock therapy.

He kinda threw that in there as a sidenote. Jan 23, Dani added it Shelves: This is a weird book. The weirdest thing is the way it’s written. Even though the guy is doing some really high-stakes and sometimes outrageous stuff and staying up for days at a time, the events are told in a sort of monotone, and the excitement of what’s going on isn’t really captured at all.

It’s so This is a weird book. It’s sort of like a long list of zany and irresponsible stuff that happened. But despite the stylistic oddity, I mnia put it down, and I can’t put a finger on why. Some of what the guy’s doing is interesting – the stuff about being an art dealer is what I find most interesting.

Ekectroboy adventures in the porn and prostitution industries are kind of interesting as well, in that train-wreck kind of way. The guy is flying back and forth to different areas of the U.

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It comes across more like a record than a glimpse into the guy’s soul. Dec 20, Karen Tyrrell rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Memoir of Mania by Andy Behrman hooked me in from the very start with his childhood obsessions, his manic episodes and shocking behaviour. One minute I was cringing, the next totally engaged with his art forging escapades and electro-shock therapy. Always emphathising with Andy Behrman the person, praying that he would somehow Recover and lead a normal life.

May 06, Amy Krichman Slutzky rated it it was ok Shelves: