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NFL Star Brandon Marshall Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Although he's been living out many boys' dreams of playing in the NFL and obtaining all the luxuries that fame and fortune can bring, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall confessed this weekend he was never able to revel in his enormous success.

"I have a dream home, my house is beautiful. My wife did a great job putting our house together finding the right house for us. We have two nice cars, we have three beautiful dogs. But with all that said, I haven't enjoyed not one part of it," Marshall, 27, said in a press conference at Dolphins training camp.

The reason, Marshall revealed, is that he has been suffering for years from borderline personality disorder, a serious mental illness.

"Borderline personality disorder is marked by pervasive instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image and emotions," said Dr. Harold Bursztajn, co-director of the Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law. "It's marked by issues with impulsivity." Bursztajn did not treat Marshall, but spoke about the condition based on his clinical observations of other patients.


Those with BPD often experience intense bouts of anger, depression and anxiety that can be associated with aggression, alcohol or drug abuse and self-injury, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Marshall said one reason he spoke out about his condition was to set the record straight about a domestic incident this past spring that culminated in his wife allegedly stabbing him, something she told authorities she did in self-defense. No charges were filed against her.

Marshall defended his wife, saying did not stab him with a knife, and he thanked her for standing by him during his struggles with his illness.

Marshall is entering his second season with the Dolphins after spending the previous four in Denver.

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