Maurice and his wife on Oprah in 2007. (CBS)

General Hospital‘s own Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) made his second appearance in three years on Oprah yesterday as part of a program to shed light on bipolar disorder. The segment started with a heartbreaking story of a stay-at-home mom and PTO member who killed her beloved six year-old son during an undiagnosed bipolar rage. The remorseful woman is now serving 42 years in prison and spoke from the heart to Oprah about “the very sick (version of) me” who did such a thing. Once imprisoned, the woman was diagnosed and has stabilized through a combination of antidepressants and mood stabilizers.

Before Oprah introduced Maurice and his wife Paula, she introduced Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind. She listed some of the many symptoms of bipolar disorder so that Oprah’s huge international audience could be aware of them. Anxiety, panic, depression, impulse spending, hallucinations, violent ranges, and severe extremes in energy intensiveness are among the warning signs of the chronically under diagnosed genetic illness. She also clarified that bipolar disorder and manic depressive are the different terms for the same disease.

Finally, it was time to put a famous face to this frightening brain disorder and Oprah re-introduced Maurice by showing a clip of his first visit to her show from 2004. In it, he tells her audience about the night when he experienced his turning point. “I had gone into the kitchen to get a bottle of wine, and drank about half of it.” With his wife Paula by his side, he cautiously explains that he started feeling very violent and that he remembered that his wife was crying and wouldn’t stop. He recalls that he started yelling and then told her that he would kill her if she didn’t stop. “In my mind, I didn’t believe I would, it was just a game I was playing,” Maurice explains. Oprah asked Paula what she thought and she admits that she wasn’t sure if he would kill her or not. “It’s like the devil and God fighting each other. Usually, thankfully, God wins,” Maurice adds.

Then Oprah explained that Maurice and Paula are on hand to follow up on that interview. They weren’t in Chicago, rather they appeared live from their home in Los Angeles. Maurice explains that he’s had a few setbacks since 2004. Specifically, he was on a plane and he just felt as if he had to get off before it took off. He shook his head and tried to smile while recalling that particular panic attack, but then finally said, “It was scary. It wasn’t fun at all.” In fact, Maurice hasn’t tried to fly again since and apologized to Oprah that he wasn’t with her audience in person. He admits that he doesn’t know what would have happened if he had tried to fly.