Several months ago, Sam went through an emotional period on General Hospital (GH) where toxoplasmosis caused anxiety and paranoia. It was something that Kelly Monaco could relate to more than you may think.
The talented actress revealed to Soaps In Depth that anxiety is something she struggles with almost daily. While it’s a condition that isn’t easy to live with, it did provide emotions for her to draw upon when playing Sam’s summer breakdown.
In the story, Sam imagined that Sonny (Maurice Benard) was warning her that he was going to pull Jason (Billy Miller, now known as Drew) back into the mob, putting her family would be in grave danger. In the end, it turned out to be a disease causing the anxiety.
The fear and panic attacks were something the actress could completely relate to – even if she wished she didn’t.
“I suffer from panic attacks and anxiety, and have for many years,” she revealed to the magazine. “Having to go back to the place where my last debilitating anxiety attack was [for GH] was traumatic.”
Luckily, Sam was able to make a full recovery just in time to deal with having two Jasons in her life. Sure, one is really Drew, but her love for both men is very real. She is going to have to make a decision that is seems unreal between the man who had her soul or the man who won her heart and can keep her safe?
General Hospital (GH) airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.