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Since that very candid interview, Maurice says he has received a lot of positive feedback. "Pretty much everywhere I go people come up to me and say, 'Thank you for helping me,'" he says. "It's great to educate people on what this disease does and what it is." Maurice says he hasn't come off his medication since then, but he has had some setbacks. "I got on an airplane and had an anxiety attack, so I had to get off," he says. "That was pretty scary."

Another difficult time came when Maurice agreed to let General Hospital write a story line where his character has a breakdown and goes on lithium. "I said, 'Yeah, let's do it. Let's do it,'" Maurice says. "So I did it, and [they] said, 'Any time you want to stop, we stop the story.'"

Read an interview with Maurice from BP Magazine about the change in his character.

"After two months of it, I knew that I wasn't [okay]. But that's a problem with this disease. You always deny. 'I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine.' Until you get to that point. And unfortunately, at the end of the story, I got to that point. I had another anxiety attack."
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