Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania is slated to become a major motion picture . . . after listening to my interview with the book’s author Andy Behrman, you will understand why
Bipolar disorder is about buying a dozen bottles of Heinz ketchup and all eight bottles of Windex in stock at the Food Emporium on Broadway at 4:00 a.m., flying from Zurich to the Bahamas and back to Zurich in three days to balance the hot and cold weather (my sweet and sour theory of bipolar disorder), carrying $20,000 in $100 bills in your shoes into the country on your way back from Tokyo, and picking out the person sitting six seats away at the bar to have sex with only because he or she happens to be sitting there.
As I read the above excerpt from Andy Behrman’s tantalizing book Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania, I was immediately reminded of another similarly thrilling story . . . Frank Abagnale Jr’s Catch Me If You Can. And like Abagnal, there is talk that Berhman’s story is also in line to become a major motion picture.
While Behrman will be joining me on Off The Cuff this upcoming Saturday evening at 8:00 PM EST on the Blog Talk Radio Network for part 2 of our one-on-one interview, I could not help but get a sense of how he relished the recounting of for lack of a better word . . . the amazing, mercurial and let’s face it jaw dropping experiences that represented the arc of his life as a self-professed Superman. Even the most creative of minds would be challenged to come up with the on the edge life Berhman led while in the throes of Bipolar mania.
What is most interesting, and perhaps surprising to some, is the fact that real-life dramas such as these are played out on a smaller scale every day and are no less traumatic to those living with Bipolar Disorder, and those who love and care about and for them.
The effect of the illness on those who care for someone with Bipolar Disorder is one that we will be discussing at great length in this upcoming segment, especially as it relates to the failure of Andy’s marriage, and the impact on his two daughters.
I have to add that I think for the partner who does not have Bipolar Disorder it is the feelings of loneliness that can be the most difficult with which to deal. As the person with BP focuses so intently on that which has their attention at that point in time . . . almost to the exclusion of everything else, you can begin to feel like a comfortable and dependable pair of old slippers which without any consciously ill intent, the person with BP can appear to expect you to be there rather than appreciate you for being there. It is almost as if your time in your loved one’s spotlight has come and passed and that for all intents and purposes you are no longer on the radar screen.
The real question or questions to which the above leads is to what degree can an adjustment from what is without a doubt a whirlwind life adventure to one of relative normalcy be achieved and maintained, as even Behrman himself called his recovery through electroshock therapy “temporary.”
Use the following link to access the on-demand broadcast of Part 1 of my interview with Berhman which aired this past Saturday, and let me know your thoughts regarding his amazing story. By the way, don’t wait for the movie . . . buy the book because once you start reading it, you will not be able to put it down!