NFL Player Brandon Marshall Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder

Johnnie WaltersOctober 26, 2011

Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall has been diagnosed with a Borderline Personality Disorder.

Marshall revealed his disorder in front of Harvard students last Monday. He discussed his diagnois, which he explained as having “instability in relationships, self image, mood, and emotion.”

Marshall’s diagnois brings some closure to some of his erractic behavior he’s shown through the years. The NFL player and has had plenty of domestic violence incidents with a ex-girlfriend and wife Michi Nagomi-Marshall. In April, Marshall was rushed to the hospital after being allegedly stabbed by Michi.

Michi allegedly stabbed him in self-defense, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. This was the first reported incident with his wife of a year. But Marshall has had many documented domestic violence incidents with a ex-girlfriend Rasheedah Wately from 2006-2009.

Many didn’t know that after the stabbing incident, Marshall sought treatment. He was later diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Marshall gave a speech entitled “Mental Illness Isn’t a Game Stopper” in front of the Harvard students.

Here are a few excerpts from his speech:

“I lived in a bubble. I became unattached, unemotional. The things that made me relevant or successful were the things that began to ruin me. It got to the point where it consumed me, it took over me, it controlled  me.”

“It was truly a blessing to be around people that understood me, that spoke my language, that could help me,” said  Marshall, about his hospital treatment. “The treatment gave me the opportunity to live again, to enjoy  life,  enjoy my successes.”

“Please use my experience and take the good out of it,”  said Marshall, who was presented with a personalized Harvard football jersey by Crimson captain Alex A. Gedeon after the event. “If you might need help, get help, and if its your friends and family, inspire them as well. You’re not blessed unless you’re a blessing to others.”

Check out Marshall’s public service announcement.

Here’s a ESPN’s special that was televised a few years back about his success and his violent relationship with ex-girlfriend Rasheedah Wately.

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