Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall announced in a news conference that he suffers from borderline personality disorder, otherwise known as BPD.
BPD is a mental illness that includes characteristics of intense anger, impulsivity, and turbulent relationships. At the news conference, he revealed that he wants to be the "face" of BPD.
The 27-year-old received a diagnosis earlier this spring after seeking treatment at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.
"My purpose moving forward is to raise awareness of this disorder — how it not only affects the patient but the families and the people in the community."
Earlier this year, Marshall was involved in a domestic dispute, which resulted in his wife stabbing him! Yikes!
Talking about his own personal experience with the disorder, he added:
"You can treat some symptoms with medications, but the way to truly improve…functioning is with psychotherapy. I am not saying that I am cured. What I am saying today is that I am confident today that with the skills that I have learned and the intensity of the program that I went through that I am in a position where I can live an effective and healthy life."
It's really brave of him to come out publicly and try to raise awareness on the disorder. We wish him luck with his treatment.
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