One man's courage to come out with a troubling disorder has inspired many, and expectations mount for the upcoming movie as well.
Sunday, in perhaps one of the most unforgettable press conferences you can ever see, Brandon Marshall revealed that he had been diagnosed earlier this year with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
Honestly revealing his vulnerability, the wider receiver of the Miami Dolphins spoke for 30 minutes in the media session of the disorder that agonized his life for years.
He believes BPD as the cause of numerous personal and professional blowups that have formed the troubled image of "The Beast," involved in damaging and self-damaging behavior.
According to National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious psychiatric illness. The diagnosis encompasses patients with a pervasive pattern of affective instability, severe difficulties in interpersonal relationships, problems with behavioral or impulse control (including suicidal behaviors), and disrupted cognitive processes. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual's sense of self-identity.
"The longer that BPD, Borderline Personality Disorder, goes untreated the worse it gets as you all have seen my life publicly," Marshall said. "I would have thrown away my career, and there was a good possibility my life. I'm still suffering from the consequences of this. Another reason why I am so passionate it is because I may lose my wife still and that hurts me."
In April, his wife Michi Nogami-Marshall was charged with aggravated battery for stabbing him in the stomach in self-defense. The charges were dropped last week. "I want to make clear my wife did not take a knife and stab me," Marshall said. "I made the glass, which had my blood and skin still on it, available to the detectives so they could make the right decision."
Marshall said, "she told me, 'Someone will learn from this story.' I thought that was very powerful for someone who was being wrongfully arrested to have that much strength to say."
After the incident, Marshall underwent three months of treatment and therapy, psychological and neurological exams at Boston's McLean Hospital.
"Before this ordeal I kept asking God to show me my purpose. He gave me this," Marshall told Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel. "I'll be the face of BPD. I'll make myself vulnerable if it saves someone's life because I know what I went through this summer helped save mine."
Marshall asked his personal videographer to film a documentary on BPD, "Borderline Beast," which has just released a trailer.
"I've been talking with doctors since I've been in the NFL. No one has ever helped me. So I was praying there was a treatment out there for what I suffered from and there was," said Marshall.
"By no means am I all healed or fixed, but it's like a light bulbs been turned on in my dark room."