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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