After years of erratic, and often outlandish, behavior, it has been revealed that Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. The revelation, first chronicled in an article by Sun-Sentinel writer Omar Kelly, shed light on an athlete that many believed to be out of control and overindulged.
Marshall has often been viewed in a negative light due to his many on, and off, the field issues. But nothing was more shocking than the stabbing of Marshall in April that led to the arrest of his wife Michi Nogami-Marshall. Brandon now admits he locked his wife in a closet that day which led to the altercation. Assault charges against his wife were dropped but Marshall knew he had to figure out what was wrong with him. And after 3 months of evaluation and treatment at Boston’s McLean Hospital, the training ground for Harvard med students, Marshall finally began to understand what had been troubling him all of his life.
Borderline Personality Disorder.
BPD, as it is often referred, is a well known psychological disorder that is more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but is rarely diagnosed. Though not a form of misbehavior, BPD leads to difficulties in relationships and self-image and controlling moods and emotions.
Now with a better understanding of himself, Marshall wants to make himself a spokesperson and advocate for the BPD community.
“I’ll be the face of BPD. I’ll make myself vulnerable if it saves someone’s life because I know what I went through this summer helped save mine.”
Its so amazing to see an athlete step up and share so much of his personal self with the world. Oftentimes people forget that these athletes are human…and just like the rest of us, they are dealing with a lot. And sometimes, most times, they need the help and encouragement of others to deal with those issues.
Kudos, Brandon Marshall.