Sunday, November 02, 2014

Brandon Marshall: Football Player with Borderline Personality Disorder

This is a short post to send you over to Clinical Psychiatry News where I wrote an article on an television special "A Football Life" special about Brandon Marshall, the Chicago Bears wide receiver, who struggles with borderline personality disorder.  It's not often that I get to write about football and psychiatry in the same post, and I always like it when successful people are public about their psychiatric disorders -- what better to help de-stigmatize conditions that are erroneously associated with people who have been marginalized? 


thealienist said...

Wow! Great article. I like working with Cluster B patients and rarely find a current celebrity who can be mentioned as a positive role model for patients. Thank you for putting this on your blog.

Dinah said...

TheAlientist: thank you! You have to see the TV special, it was great. On youtube, I found a short clip (about a quarter of the show):

check on to see if they have the full program.

Mark Osterloh, MD, JD, RPh said...

Borderline Personality Disorder is the most difficult to understand and diagnose mental illnesses. As a consequence there is little awareness of its existence in the general public. If there were greater awareness, more resources would be brought to the table to help these people. I believe the biggest problem is its name. "Borderline" means nothing in helping us understand the condition. I have proposed that we change the name to Faultfinding Personality Disorder based on the most important diagnostic criterion - chronic finding of fault with themselves and others due to their black-and-white thinking which leads to disturbed interpersonal relationships. To back this up I wrote the book "Faultfinders: The impact of borderline personality disorder." I explained the condition using examples of numerous famous people to make the symptoms memorable. One of the examples was Brandon Marshall. I would be interested to hear what others think about a possible name change.