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Since that frightening night 10 years ago, Maurice Benard has remained on his medication. But his wife Paula says, "He still flirts with the idea of not taking the medication. He flirts, because now, you know, I wouldn't let him [stop]. There's no way."

Like Linda Hamilton, Maurice recognizes that he self-medicated his depression in the past. "When I was a kid, when I was a teenager and stuff, I used to drink quite a bit and now I can look back and say I was self-medicating myself. I was kind of taught not to cry, because I'm Hispanic, so I couldn't let it out. And if you hold things in too long, you're gonna cry eventually. You'll explode."

Maurice says playing Sonny, his character on General Hospital, helps him express his "dark side." "This character's so dark and intense," says Maurice. "Playing him, I'm able to cry, which I don't normally do. Or I'm able to yell, you know. I don't want to do that at home, so I get to do it at work and leave it there."
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FROM: Depressed, Mentally Ill and Famous
Published on November 17, 2004

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