In what appears to be a coincidence of timing, Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall appeared Monday on "NFL Live" to discuss treatment for mental illness at around the same time the father of former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young was hinting that his son suffers from an unspecified mental disorder.
Richard Young told the Detroit News that Titus Young has a condition "caused by his brain being compressed into the front of his skull," according to the report. Titus Young has sought outpatient help at several treatment facilities and, according to the Detroit Free Press, has was prescribed a drug known as Seroquel. According to its website, the drug is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, among other conditions.
Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2011 and is now an advocate for treatment. He told ESPN host Trey Wingo that he reached out to Young several months ago to no avail.
"But months back, I wanted to get my hands on Titus, just sit down with him and possibly walk him into the doors of the same program I was in," Marshall said in the video. "But I think there were some things in the way that kept us both from moving forward. And I am disappointed in that because, since then, it's just gotten worse and one of the things I stress was without the proper treatment, it's just going to make things worse.
"So I'm praying for Titus and I know this can be a success story, but we need to embrace it and we also need to advocate for people in positions like this."
While I suppose everyone has had their own suspicions, this is the first public discussion of Titus Young potentially suffering from a mental illness. I'm sure some will wonder if Young's father is covering for simple immaturity from his son, but those who are familiar with mental illness know there is more gray than black or white when it comes to diagnosis. For Young's sake, you hope there is a deeper explanation for his behavior than simply bad decisions.