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Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:03 pm
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: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:31 am

protecting investments

I find it hard to believe that every team doesn't employ a full time therapist or psychologist to assess players and potential draftees; maybe they do. Maybe even the coaches could use it - if for nothing else to identify an individual's best 'communication' modes. This may sound like a joke, but it would be a drop in the bucket with salary & might address problems before they ever make the press or police reports. I'm not saying to get all 'touchy feely' - just be aware you have some ultra-competitive individuals who may have never 'grown-up' or have a concept of accountability, consequences or the 'real world' & they are getting paid millions. Full disclosure - my wife is a therapist. I hope Brandon & others the best, but this is no excusing of accountability - which would (my guess) be what a therapist would say. I also thought it was brave of Terry Bradshaw to come out about his struggles with (I think) depression.

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:24 am

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

He's got BPD...You mean ADHD right.. Suck it up and learn to deal with life, Otherwise you;ll end up like Ricky Williams and his whole SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER, ....'s all Baloney, I've gone through 7 different medications for my so-called ADHD personality disorder and I just quit them all together and I'm great, looking back on it yea It took me a few weeks to cope but it's called maturing as an adult you freaking pussy, grow up.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:05 am

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

I don't believe in the theory that people "have" a mental illness, I believe people "are" mentally ill.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:26 pm

I hope it works out for him

I like redemption stories, and the quality of the rest of his life and that of his family is at stake.  Hopefully, this is the correct diagnosis and he works through it.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:07 pm

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

Every woman he dates gets AT LEAST ONE black eye.  If you get three, he will marry you

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:24 pm

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

Who really cares all the fans ask that he keeps it together, for the sake of his team.  The average fan should only care about what he does on the field and not care what he does off it, just as long as his behavior isn't hurting anyone else.  If he does what he is paid to do on the field it is all good, if he is hurting the team then he needs to go.  If he thinks he is jesus christ, i dont care just as long as he doesnt try to walk on water durig the game.  The question i have is why is this crap news worthy

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:59 pm

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

What a LOSER!

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:52 pm

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

It's called being human!  Learn how to deal with your Sh*t and stop looking for excuse's.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:36 pm

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

If this is the case with Marshall than it is great that he's been diagnosed properly and plans to use this knowledge to proceed in living a healthy life and achieving great things in the NFL.  I just hope that this doesn't turn into a diagnosis for the 5% of players in the league that act like spoiled little children all the time and they use it as a means to justify anything they do. 

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:44 am

Brandon Marshall talks about his mental disorder

Sounds like he has the same disorder as the Waterboy.  I wonder if he pictures his wife's head on the CB guarding him.  

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