In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Andy Behrman—author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania, published by Random House and translated into six languages. Behrman is a mental health advocate and speaker who promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention, speaking to college audiences, mental health care professionals and local and national mental health support groups.
Andy's writing has been published by The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine and he is a frequent contributor to mental health websites. Behrman has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, NPR Radio and on the cover of Bipolar Magazine. He was interviewed by Stephen Fry for his documentary, “The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive” which aired on the BBC, and he will appear in a documentary called “In His Own Mind,” a film which traces his illness over a period of decade directed and produced by Brian Cresto.
Andy lives in Los Angeles with his two daughters who are ten and twelve years old and never dreamed he would attend a Parent Association Meeting. His newest projects are the feature film version of Electroboy, which is currently in development, as well as a written sequel to his book.
Andy’s work is near and dear to my heart for multiple reasons. He is a male voice for mental health and shares intimate, often painful details of his life—adding disarming humor and wit—in order to increase visibility for his own life and those he serves today. As a father with two little boys, I look up to Andy as someone who trail-blazed before me and is balancing fatherhood and activism.
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Chris Cole hosts the Waking Up Bipolar podcast, focused on the intersection of bipolar disorder and spiritual awakening. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness, inspired by his own journey of spiritual unfolding and mental health challenges. Chris Cole offers life coaching for any number of mental health conditions, specializing in bipolar disorder and spiritual emergence. Chris’s experience with addiction, disordered eating, body dysmorphia, psychosis, and spiritual emergency allows him to relate to a wide range of clients. He utilizes a holistic approach to mental health which views wellness in physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual domains. Learn more about Chris and his work at colecoaching.com.
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