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Nothing General About It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Maurice Benard

Narrated By: Maurice Benard

Date: April 2020

Duration: 8 hours 8 minutes

Summary:

'This shocking true story is General Hospital on anabolic steroids.' — Mehmet Oz, M.D., Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show

The Emmy Award-winning star of General Hospital chronicles his astonishing and emotional life journey in this powerful memoir—an inspiring story of success, show business, and family, and his struggle with mental illness.

Maurice Benard has been blessed with family, fame, and a successful career. For twenty-five years, he has played one of the most well-known characters on daytime television: General Hospital’s Michael “Sonny” Corinthos, Jr. In his life outside the screen, he is a loving husband and the father of four. But his path has not been without hardship. When he was only twenty, Maurice was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH.

Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.

A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope, Nothing General About It offers insights and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.

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  • Evelyn V.

    I have been a huge fan of Maurice and General Hospital. I just went through a very manic episode with my son that was very horrifying. He too was diagnosed with bipolar. It is wonderful the work that he is doing for bipolar and educating people and sharing his life. My prayers are with him and his family to help him through His rough times. Thank you Maurice for sharing your life story with us. God Bless you. Evelyn V.

  • Terrie S.

    I have been a huge fan of both Maurice and General Hospital since the beginning, This book is so much more than I expected, It was very deep and gives you a glimpse into Maurice’s life with bipolar. Having a best friend that also struggles with the illness, a lot of his experiences were the same for her. In reading this book I have to say that I have so much respect for his wife Paula, she was his rock and she never gave up on him. Then there was Donna, I was literally in tears reading about their friendship and her passing. Thank you Maurice for sharing your story I’m sure it will help many others dealing with this illness.

  • Christina M.

    Great book

  • Wendy S.

    I have met Mr Benard and I can tell you, this man has a presence that you can not deny. I too suffer from depression and anxiety and this book touched my soul. It means even more that he read it himself. Thank you Maurice for speaking from the heart. I would recommend this book to anyone. My husband will only watch scenes with him as Sonny on GH because of his appearance on DR Oz. Everytime he walks away saying that is a strong man, and that is coming from one of the strongest men I know. Thank you Maurice you rock

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