General Hospital Emmy-winning star Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos), who lives with Bipolar disorder, and who has been an advocate for understanding this mental illness, took to Twitter on Thursday as an important story begins to take shape on the ABC daytime drama series. The story is looking into the possibilities and the ramifications if Sonny’s son, Morgan turns out to be diagnosed as bipolar, just like his father.
While the series has yet to confirm that diagnosis in the story, all signs are leading up to telling the tale, which in a previous episode as spoken by Laura Wright’s Carly, can be passed on to a child and can strike individuals in their 20′s, and would fit with many of the outbursts, erractic behavior changes, highs and lows and more that have plagued their son.
Benard tweeted: “Being bipolar as much as I would want everything on GH to be 100% real you can only get as close as you can.” Maurice followed that up with: “If you love roller coasters watch General Hospital Friday but of course don’t miss today or any day or Sonny will not be very happy.”
Mental illness, and medical issues and dramas as depicted on television, whether it be daytime or primetime, often have to take some liberties to tell the story, while still doing their best to inform the viewers and to give the audience understanding for the human condition.
So, do you think as Sonny and Carly’s wedding draws near that Morgan and Sonny’s relationship will become even more emotional and touching due to both men having Bipolar disorder? Could Morgan do something do ruin the wedding? How will a father who lives with this condition every day, not feel guilt-ridden if he has handed it down to his child? These may be the issues straight-ahead on GH!
What do you think of Maurice’s tweet? Would you like to see the effects on the family if Morgan is diagnosed as bipolar? Share your thoughts below!