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Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:03 pm
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aMarshallPosted by Josh Katzowitz

WR Brandon Marshall, while one of the most talented players in the league, has always been a problem child in the NFL.

Now, we might have a reason why Marshall can’t seem to stay out of his own way. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Omar Kelly, Marshall has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

You’ll recall that the Broncos had to jettison him to the Dolphins, and while in Miami, he’s ripped his starting QB and admitted to changing play-calls. Curiously, he’s also talked about trying to play in the NBA.

He also was allegedly stabbed by his wife in the offseason, but then told police he wasn’t stabbed even though we’re all pretty sure he actually was.

Generally, he’s been a nuisance wherever he’s played, and that always seems to get in the way of his talent and his marketing value (though he gives great production, recording at least 86 catches and 1,000 receiving yards the past four seasons).

But now we might have a better understanding of why.

A quick explanation of BPD and how it affected Marshall, via the Sun Sentinel.

"BPD is a well understood psychological disorder. It's not a form of misbehavior," said Mary Zanarini, a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, who treated Marshall this summer.

BPD is a mental illness that studies say is more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but is rarely diagnosed because of misperceptions in the mental health community, and the challenges of providing a proper treatment plan.

The disorder is marked by difficulties with relationships and self-image and controlling moods and emotions.

During Marshall's treatment at McLean, he learned how to defuse the bomb inside of his head. Now with the tools and a new perspective he's returning to the real world, to the NFL, to a marriage he admittedly broke, and to a wife who feels vilified. He must use the skills he's learned to survive, if not thrive.


Marshall had been undergoing therapy for four years, but it didn’t seem to help. But he traveled to Boston for three months of psychological and neurological exams, and he seems to have found the cause of some of his problems.

Obviously, Marshall still has many miles to go. But at least he knows what he’s dealing with now.

"By no means am I all healed or fixed," Marshall said, "but it's like a light bulb’s been turned on in my dark room."

Make sure to check out the rest of the story. It’s a good read.

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Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

My exwife of 15 years has BPD and let me tell you,for a non BPD in the relationship, it was completely overwhelming. Your thoughts, needs and opinions do not count for anything if they conflict with your BPD partner. Think of an adult acting like a child ie. temper tantrums and verbal abuse that would make a sailor blush. I spent all that time trying my best to alter my behavior in order to keep her from "triggering" events but it was simply impossible. The black and white thinking, denial, deflection and projection. Questionable stories of childhood abuse.Constant accusations of infidelity if I was ten minutes late coming home from work.  Financial abuse. When I left we had 30K in credit card debt and were 3k into our overdraft. She had credit cards I didn't even know about.  If I question our finances...verbal abuse and rage. It is an insidious disease. I can spot it now, it's that easy after getting an education. Best of luck to him. I was actually thinking his wife was the one with the issues after the stabbing but now it makes more sense to me.



Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 7:36 pm
 

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

wow some of you people are just messed up.  Do you have any idea how difficult it was for him to admit he has something wrong with him?  That is the first step, and so many people cannot ever get passed it.  So all you people making fun or ragging on him even after this comes out:  your first step is to realize, and then admit that you are a cynical douche.  Then the next step is to realize that the most dangerous drug for a cynical douche is an internet chat room...now log off and take your pill.



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

  Good post, Dmoneyrox.



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

  Naw, I believe that the story rings true. Something has always been wrong about Marshall. His behavior has been bizzare. He shows 3-4 different sides of himself - usually contradicting one another.
  I believe they've got it right.



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

"The disorder is marked by difficulties with relationships and self-image and controlling moods and emotions."

The question is how many of the 6+ billion people on earth have this definition?"

I am all for mental health but this seems like a easy way out......either that, or he's been misdiagnosed!  A lot of people have relationship difficulties...............plus....

......if you are moody.........then it's time to get help.......good for the drug companies.



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