Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: February 2019 (page 2 of 8)

I can no longer be quiet (2019)

Anger is a strange thing. Those who are angry are often not even aware of how they sound to others. At times anger came upon me unawares when something hurtful happened and I tried to express what I thought and how I felt. In almost all cases it was when I felt unjustly treated. My […]

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We’re not cats

  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14   A few minutes ago, I watched my cat as she lay in a shaft of warm sunshine washing herself. It occurred to me how we humans […]

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Dealing with it

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  272  (March 23, 2010) Recognizing that the up and down moods I’m experiencing are the result of anger and frustration helps I think. There are things I can do about anger, things not as easy to do with depression. I can talk about it with someone. I can resolve the source of […]

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The source of my anger (2019)

I think I’m learning what was at the bottom of my anger during the last years at my previous church. It turns out that much of the depression I experienced during all my Living Room days could very well have been anger turned inwards. I probably had far more depression during that time than was […]

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Is it anger or depression?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  271  (March 19, 2010) A few days ago my counselor suggested that the mood problems I’ve been having – the apparent depressed episodes – might actually be anger. She may be right. There are lots of things bothering me and frustrating me now-a-days. But how do you tell the difference? The very […]

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God’s clear call (2019)

At the time I wrote the last post my counselor, husband and friends tried to tell me not to think so much about always doing for other people. They believed I should “dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” (Psalm 37:3) I had been pretty busy with Living Room and looking for ways to […]

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Trust God and do good

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  270  (March 16, 2010) Big disappointment. We had to cancel the plans for a seminar because a couple of the speakers weren’t able to make it on the date we had planned. And there’s no other good time this year for me to devote to it. A trip in late May and […]

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Broken and contrite (2019)

I may have hurt the person I talked about in the last post, but I think I myself hurt almost as much when I realized what I had done. I love King David’s words from Psalm 51, knowing very well what a “broken and contrite heart” feels like. The person who I’d hurt must have […]

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Living Room times; healing times

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  269  (March 12, 2010) I’m healing. Feeling rather quiet and not carefree yet, but healing. This morning I talked to the person who I had hurt and his response to my apology was comforting. I knew he would forgive, yet I did need to talk to him personally and hear him say […]

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Oh my goodness!! (2019)

What a shock to read the previous post this morning! I thought my behaviour started getting bad several years later, the result of being hurt. But not as early as 2010! This has me wondering many things about myself. Things I don’t think I’ve ever considered before. But it gives me a window into possible […]

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