Borderline Personality Disorder is a term that describes a cluster of mood disorders including narcissism, passive aggression and antisocial personalities.
So we shouldn't be surprised to learn that Brandon Marshall held a news conference to announce his diagnosis. Marshall told the gathered reporters that he wants to be "the face" of BPD. Narcissists love attention any way they can get it.
BDPs are known for their mood swings, rages and aggression which sometimes leads to violence.
In fact, it was violence toward Marshall's wife that forced him into therapy. But Marshall was in therapy once before and it didn't help. These personality types are master manipulators who are notoriously difficult to treat.
Borderline personalities, especially malignant narcissists, are hard to spot at first because they can be so charming and disarmingly handsome (or stunningly beautiful in the case of female narcissists). They literally spend hours in front of a mirror perfecting their image to woo their potential partners.
They are expert hunters who use their physical beauty to entrap their unsuspecting partners. Once they target someone as their prey they are hard to resist, and it isn't long before their object of affection thinks they're in love -- but that's when they switch up and their dark side emerges.
The first sign of trouble is an episode of narcissistic rage that seems to come from out of nowhere.
The 27-year-old wide receiver -- who received his diagnosis this spring, after seeking treatment at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, Massachusetts -- told reporters he wants to be the "face" of BPD.
"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," he said.
BPD can be especially difficult to identify and diagnose because some of the disorder's hallmarks -- including mood swings and intense fears of abandonment -- are, in less severe forms, considered to be "normal" human emotions and behavior, says Chris Cargile, M.D., a psychiatrist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Bryan.
"Most of the things we talk about in personality disorders we see in everybody," says Cargile, who has not treated Marshall and cannot comment on the specifics of his case. "The reason we have the word 'disorder' is when those things become problematic. It's when the intensity level rises to the point where you can't hold a relationship together for more than a few hours or days, because you can't trust anybody."