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Public Service Announcement to Air on ABC’s General Hospital – Actor Maurice Benard partners with DBSA to raise Bipolar awareness Jul 20, 2006

Public Service Announcement to Air on ABC\’s General Hospital – Actor Maurice Benard partners with DBSA to raise Bipolar awareness Jul 20, 2006 Public Service Announcement to Air on ABC’s General Hospital
Actor Maurice Benard partners with DBSA to raise awareness Jul 20, 2006
DBSA is excited to be working with Mr. Maurice Benard, veteran actor on the popular ABC daytime drama General Hospital. Benard, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 22, is currently playing Sonny Corinthos, a character who also lives with the illness and its symptoms. Due to Benard’s fame, as well as the popularity of General Hospital, there already has been an increase in the awareness of bipolar disorder.

DBSA, in partnership with ABC Daytime, has taped a public service announcement (PSA) with Benard which will air after the show on Monday, July 24. The announcement makes it clear that bipolar disorder is a real, treatable, medical illness that affects millions of people. Maurice directs viewers who think they may have the illness, or their loved ones, to DBSA’s website. ABC chose to air this special message on that day’s episode because ?Sonny? will be diagnosed with the illness by his physician.
If you are unable to watch General Hospital, the PSA will also be featured on the website, www.DBSAlliance.
org (DBSA.ORG). We encourage you to watch the PSA on Monday, July 24, on General Hospital and/or view it on our website.

DBSA commends General Hospital and Maurice for educating the general public about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder. Maurice?s bravery and desire to educate the public, paired with DBSA’s mission, to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders, is a partnership that we hope will lead many thousands more people to get the help, hope and support they need.

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Learn more about DBSA – www.Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

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About the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses , depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.

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