Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Ugly me

  Dear God. I told my therapist last week how I’m feeling ugly. He told me I have to stop expecting everyone to be like Jesus. I suppose I have been, Lord. I haven’t accepted people in the way I’ve wanted them to accept and forgive people like me. The kindness I used to have […]

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What’s wrong with me?

  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32   This is not one of my regular devotionals, but I’m sending it today, because I think it’s important for those with mental health issues and those who support them. There have been many times […]

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Dignity and worth

  When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews […]

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How can it be?

  How could this have happened to me? For twenty years I worked hard to better the lives of people with mental health issues. Although I myself suffered from bipolar I accomplished much. Life was hard, but good. And then, a couple of years ago I came down with the worst and most misunderstood mental […]

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Can’t stop the shame?

  The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21:17   Have you ever done […]

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Weary and burdened? “Come to me”

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   Do you […]

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Where is the light?

  I firmly believe that Jesus shines his light on us through the people he brings into our lives. God needs us to be his representatives on earth. He made us to show each other who he is and what he’s like. He needs us to show his love, to support each other in lives […]

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Boundaries

  NOTE:   TO GO TO PLEA TO THE CHURCH, THE FIRST POST IN THIS SERIES, PLEASE CLICK  http://marjabergen.com/archives/a-plea-to-the-church-living-with-borderling   Much has been written about the need for boundaries when supporting people with mental health issues. But I don’t think we hear much about what having such boundaries means to such people themselves. I will describe […]

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Treatment of BPD

  BPD IS TREATABLE Borderline personality disorder is treatable and recovery is possible. Though mental health specialists rarely use the word “cured,” many people recover or at least have the symptoms of their disorder controlled so that they can live a fulfilling life. One very common myth is that borderline personality disorder can’t be treated. Fortunately, […]

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Mood swings in BPD

  People with BPD often feel like they are on an emotional roller coaster and typically have an unstable sense of self and fear of abandonment. Everyone experiences emotional ups and downs, but those with BPD tend to experience mood swings that are more intense and frequent than the typical person and last between a […]

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