|Dr. Oz and Maurice Benard|
Benard told Dr. Oz that he kept it to himself early in his career.
“The reason I didn’t talk about it was a few people had told me if I tell people I’m bipolar, I’m not gonna get hired as an actor,” Benard said.
He discussed his bipolar disorder in an interview, and was later moved when he received a letter from a boy who had found inspiration in his words after his brother killed himself.
“So I decided that’s more important than any directors hiring me,” Benard explained. “People need to know about these things because people do die.”
Benard also revealed he was put into a mental institution as a teenager where he found himself tied down with restraints and was desperate to escape. After pulling a latch off of the wall, he even considered slitting his wrists to end his life.
“And I started praying, 'God help me,'” he remembered. “And I took the latch, bent it and made it into a cross and put it by my bed.”
Watch Benard's segment below.