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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Readers of Andy Behrman’s memoir may ask themselves which of these syndromes are being described.

The press reviews cited on the book’s cover suggest that psychiatrists will question Behrman’s account. Although these sources seem to find Behrman’s book terribly exciting, it is hard to locate the source of their enthusiasm.

Granted, the author ov an inordinate number of pages referring to sex, and his masturbatory habits, alone or in company, but presumably even reviewers tire of this. Perhaps it is the demi-monde of New York that appeals: Her nanny takes the child to another room, and we talk about a program of wellness.


I discuss my illness, and she seems to have a real understanding of manic depression.

Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania: Andy Behrman: : Books

Otherwise, Behrman’s is a rather pale account of a colourful condition. For a book about mania, it expresses little emotion. It is hard to know whether this is a consequence of Behrman’s illness or its treatment or whether his detachment is intrinsic to his personality.

However, what comes across strongly is the protracted wandering of a disturbed individual between many, many psychiatrists and therapists in New York, and the elaborate medication regimens to which he is exposed. Several of these if accurately described are potentially dangerous. The ability of antidepressants to destabilise bipolar disorder is implicit throughout the book.

All the while, the author self medicates with copious illicit substances, drinks too much, uses his prescription medication in multiple doses as a pick me up, or else abandons it entirely. Eventually he receives maintenance ECT electroconvulsive therapythe latter lending the book its garish title. Whether or not one believes Behrman’s final diagnosis, his regret at his transient recovery is all too familiar: I monitor my mood and behaviour.


I go to sleep on time. I play the good patient.

Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania by Andy Behrman

And I don’t like any of it. I miss the planes, the trips, the money, the dinners, the alcohol, the electrlboy, and the sex.

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ELECTROBOY: A Memoir of Mania

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