We’re talking about the impact of rural community health centers in Florida with Andy Behrman, the President and CEO, and Ben Browning, Vice President, of the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. “I know that we have a chance to make sure that at the end of the day, access to care in rural America is not going to go away.” ~Andy Behrman Andy Behrman has been in healthcare in Florida for 45 years, working in multiple areas within the industry. He was the first AHEC center director in the State of Florida before starting at the Florida Association of Community Health Centers. Ben Browning has been working with Andy for almost 10 years now, where they work together to expand community health centers and improve access for patients across Florida. “The increased focus and the strengthened interest in rural communities excites me and I’m hoping it continues its push forward.” ~Ben Browning Andy and Ben have recently been working to address issues stemming from the 340-B program. While the program provides opportunities to save money to reinvest into patients, many organizations have taken advantage of this program. Ben and Andy are both working to bring these issues to the forefront, working with legislators and the Agency for Health Care Administration to address these obstacles.
Andy Behrman- Electroboy Bipolar Sensory Overload- Chewing on Sidewalks and Swallowing Sunlight Until Electroconvulsive Therapy
Andy Behrman is a larger than life personality, a nonfiction writer, and a national speaker. Andy was the subject of a New York media scandal for counterfeiting the Modern Art of Mark Kotsabi, the same art he once sold, putting him in federal prison for five months. Andy spent numerous sleepless nights fueled by drugs, had anonymous sex, traveled aimlessly, went on midnight binges and was even a male hustler. But before all of that, Andy had a happy childhood growing up in New Jersey, a golden boy who went on to graduate from Wesleyan University. Because he was never comfortable in his own skin he sought a high wherever he could find one and went on to change jobs the way some people change outfits, becoming a filmmaker, PR agent, stripper, or whatever made him feel invincible and bright. For years he was misdiagnosed by psychiatrists and psychotherapists, which only fueled his out-of-control euphoric highs and tornado-like rages of depression. At his most psychotic, Andy imagined himself chewing on sidewalks and swallowing sunlight. He was finally diagnosed when he was 29 with having bipolar disorder. After trying over 45 different medications, he decided to try electroconvulsive therapy, formerly known as electric shock treatment. Afterall Ernest Hemingway did ECT and Andy thought it was glamorous. Nineteen treatments later, Andy wrote Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his two beautiful teenage daughters. He doesn’t believe in true recovery for bipolar but rather feels lucky to be alive and manage his disorder by taking it one day at a time. One thing is for sure, Andy is outspoken, lively and controversial. Show Note Links: Andy Behrman's Book, "Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania" Andy Behrman's Twitter Mark Kostabi- Modern Artist Kay Redfield Jamison's book, "An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness" Elizabeth Wurtzel's book, "Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America" Pressured Speech Definition Stephen Fry's Youtube Video about Andy Behrman's Electric Shock Therapy Suicide Prevention Hotline Dear Family, the Podcast
Waking Up Bipolar with Chris Cole | Bipolar disorder, spiritual awakening, and everything in between.
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.For more with Andy, visit electroboy.com and follow him on Twitter @electroboyusaJOIN THE DISCUSSION at FB.com/groups/wakingupbipolarChris 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.The Waking Up Bipolar podcast in now available on the following platforms:Apple Podcasts | apple.wakingupbipolar.comGoogle Play | google.wakingupbipolar.comStitcher | stitcher.wakingupbipolar.comTuneIn | tunein.wakingupbipolar.comwakingupbipolar.com
Top Advocates Andy Behrman & Gabe Howard Discuss The Current State of Mental Health Advocacy
Two of the top advocates in the mental health community come on the podcast to discuss the current state of advocacy, the glamorization of mental illness and gun rights/control for those who struggle. Andy Behrman and Gabe Howard are fully engaged and in their usual high-energy style.
The author (Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania) and divorced father shares about his tumultuous life in the grips of manic episodes, including art fraud, sex work and prison as well as receiving ECT (electroconvulsive therapy or shock treatment) Follow Andy on Twitter @electroboyUSA Andy's website is www.electroboy.com This episode is sponsored by Howl.FM For a free one month trial sign up at www.howl.fm and use the offer code MENTALSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How Do We Make Mental Health Advocacy Effective with Andy Behrman & Gabe Howard
Is mental health advocacy effective? Two of the most vocal mental health advocates come on The Conquer Worry Podcast to discuss this important topic. Andy Behrman is Mental Health Writer, speaker and author of Memoir of Mania which has been translated into 6 different languages and is distributed across the globe. Gabe Howard is a mental illness speaker, writer, activist and current author of Don't Call Me Crazy on PsychCentral.com and his work can be found at gabehoward.com
Author, Andy Behrman: Electroboy (Bipolar & Mental Illness)
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For years Andy hid his raging mania under a larger-than-life personality. He sought a high wherever he could find one, and changed jobs as some people change outfits -- filmmaker, art dealer, hustler; whatever made him feel like a cartoon character, invincible and bright. Electroboy is about living life at breakneck speed. Andy hopped on flights from New York to Tokyo and Paris at a moment's notice, spent $25,000 without a bit of thought on a huge shopping spree and stayed awake nights exploring the underworld of nightlife in Manhattan or whatever city he happened to be visiting, in search of the perfect high. But when Andy turned to art forgery, he found himself the subject of a scandal lapped up by the New York media, then in jail, then under house arrest. And for once he didn't have a ready escape hatch from his unraveling life. Andy was misdiagnosed by more than eight doctors and even when he was finally diagnosed with this chronic illness, he was treated unsuccessfully with any regimen of medication. Ingesting handfuls of antidepressants and tranquilizers, he felt his mind lose traction. With no hope of his condition stabilizing, he turned to the last resort: electroshock therapy also known as electroconvulsive therapy (or ECT). Andy underwent nineteen electroshock treatments over the course of about a year and a half. Electroboy is currently being made into a major motion picture. Not only is Andy working on a sequel to Electroboy, but he is also writing a self-help book for sufferers of depression and bipolar disorder. Please visit his official website for full bio and more information: http://www.electroboy.comAndy joins us to discuss his book, his future projects, his own story and take callers who live with bipolar and depression. Feel free to call in even if it's anonymous.
The Chicks Interview- Author. Speaker. Mental Health Advocate-Andy Behrman
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Andy Behrman is the author of “Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania,” published by Random House. He 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 appeared in “The New York Times Magazine,” “New York Magazine” and he is a frequent contributor to online mental health websites. He has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, NPR Radio and on the cover of Bipolar Magazine. He was interviewed by Stephen Fry for his documentary, “Secret Life of a Manic Depressive” which aired on the BBC. He is a single father living in Los Angeles with his two daughters, six and eight. He never dreamed he would attend a Parent Association Meeting. Find Andy at http://www.electroboy.com or on Twitter @electroboyusaRead more: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/laliteraticarpelibrum/2014/03/06/la-literati-welcomes-author-andy-behrman-electroboy#ixzz36G8h7v6G