Borderline Personality Disorder: Miami Dolphins’ Brandon Marshall

In a stunning press conference admission today, Miami Dolphins’ receiver Brandon Marshall shared that he has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD. Battery charges against his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, for a stabbing during a domestic altercation in April have also been dropped.

Marshall explains his disorder in the video trailer below — YouTube summary of video:

After three months of treatment and therapy, psychological and neurological exams at Boston’s McLean Hospital, the training ground for Harvard University medical students, Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall believes he’s finally at the root of his struggles.

During the summer of 2011, following a domestic dispute that led to his wife’s arrest, he been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, or BPD.

“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, the NFL, a marriage he admittedly broke, a wife who feels vilified, and must use the skills he’s learned to survive, if not thrive.

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

Brandon Marshall: Borderline Beast – Official Trailer [HD] BorderlineBeastMovie


From Miami Herald, Dolphins’ Brandon Marshall says he has Borderline Personality Disorder – Star wide receiver blames untreated Borderline Personality Disorder for his controversies:

Over a half hour filled with long, searching pauses, Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall told the South Florida media that he’s been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and it’s the cause of the many public blowups in his personal and professional life.

Marshall said he was diagnosed during the offseason and has been in treatment for three months. He said he hasn’t felt in a solid mental state since the end of his rookie season, 2006, and often was emotionally absent at home, putting his marriage in jeopardy. He admitted to several run-ins with Dolphins coaches last season that the team managed to keep relatively private.

Despite all his individual success and material possessions as one of the highest paid NFL players, Marshall said, “I have not enjoyed one part of it.”

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, “Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an emotional disorder that causes emotional instability, leading to stress and other problems. With borderline personality disorder your image of yourself is distorted, making you feel worthless and fundamentally flawed. Your anger, impulsivity and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you desire loving relationships.”

Marshall also reiterated what he told the Broward State Attorney’s Office in June concerning the April incident with his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, that resulted in her being arrested. The original police report said Marshall’s wife said she stabbed him in the stomach in self-defense, and there was no blood on broken glass to support Marshall’s claim of falling over a vase. The state attorney’s office announced Friday it wouldn’t file charges.

From NFL Blog, Brandon Marshall on diagnosis: ‘I’ll be the face of BPD’:

…Marshall has been involved in damaging and self-damaging behavior going back to his days at the University of Central Florida, and through his career with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins, but it was an April 23 incident in which his wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, was charged with aggravated battery for stabbing him in the abdomen. Charges were dropped last Friday. In the interim, he underwent three months of psychological and neurological exams at Boston’s McLean Hospital (where Harvard medical students go to train), inspired to seek help from a conversation with teammate Ricky Williams(notes), who had sought treatment for unrelated issues there.

“Before this ordeal I kept asking God to show me my purpose. He gave me this,” Marshall told Kelly. “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.”

Marshall was honest, open, and vulnerable at the microphone on Sunday — he talked about the disorder wwithout hesitation and said that he had not been able to enjoy any part of his career to date as a result of it. It was an absolutely riveting thing to see, and a stark reminder that as much as football is a sport that tends to depersonalize at times, it’s still a game very much about people.

Marshall credited his wife with trying to understand and love him, talked about the relatively high rate of BPD cases that end in suicide (about 10 percent, he said), and said that 35 percent of the male prison population has been diagnosed with BPD, and 25 percent of the female prison population.

From Huffpost Sports, Brandon Marshall Reveals He Has Borderline Personality Disorder:

Brandon Marshall revealed on Sunday that he was diagnosed earlier this year with borderline personality disorder in an emotional press conference.

Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported on Saturday that the 27-year-old underwent “three months of treatment and therapy, psychological and neurological exams at Boston’s McLean Hospital.”

“For so long, I’ve been just trying to get help. I’ve been seeking help,” Marshall said, per the Associated Press. “I’ve been talking with doctors since I’ve been in the NFL. No one has ever helped me. So I was praying there was a treatment out there for what I suffered from and there was.”