Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: September 2018 (page 2 of 3)

BPD – Part 5 – Responding to people with BPD

  One of the causes of stigma is that people don’t know how to respond to those who have mental illness. They fear how the person with mental illness might respond to them. As a result their social life is severely affected, particularly when inappropriate behaviour starts coming into play. If the church is to […]


BPD – Part 4 – Fear of BPD

  The fear people have of those living with BPD must be one of the most tragic things for those who suffer. Fear is what causes the stigma that brings with it exclusion from groups and activities and avoidance by others. It becomes difficult to have friends, to have a job, to have a normal […]


BPD – Part 3 – Understanding BPD

  As you’ve heard before, the stigma attached to BPD is enormous, making the lives of those who live with it very difficult. They feel like the outcasts of Jesus’ time must have felt – like they don’t belong and are not worthy of respect. Drawing from my personal experiences as well as others’ I […]


Having a hard time?

  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10 An encouraging thought: There’s no need to despair when things are tough. We always have Jesus. In fact, it’s at times when things are bad that we come to […]


Open to God

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,     even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:9-10   It’s quite amazing how God can lead us. To many it must sound like a mysterious process. They […]


Beyond routine

  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 […]


With Jesus – Living with borderline

  To think of how I’ve ended up with BPD! It’s an illness that causes me to be thought badly of and avoided. I’ve lost friends and continue losing friends. Recent requests for health care ignored. The very thought of being saddled with this illness and wondering why it all happened to me fills me […]


All I knew how to be – Living with borderline

  In going through my journals from years ago, I read about all the friends I had. Friends to talk with and do things with. All was good and happy. I helped many individuals with their depression – talking with them, walking, having coffee. Visiting others in hospital. Many were  introduced to me by members […]


BPD – Part 2 – A plea to the church – living with bpd

  Where do you go when you have an illness that medical professionals and counselors don’t want to deal with – treated like an untouchable in a modern world? Have you ever thought what that would feel like? It’s happening all the time to people with BPD. In their book Beyond Borderline: True Stories of […]


Take my life – living with borderline

  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1   Strange: Only yesterday I emailed one of our worship leaders with a wish to sing a favourite hymn. It was […]

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