Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: BPD for Churches

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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False impressions about BPD

  In reviewing the symptoms, personality traits and impairments of BPD, a person might think, “I wouldn’t want anything to do with such people!” They might even be regarded as evil. That’s why those who live with it are stigmatized to such a great extent. Even some medical professionals turn them away. They are avoided, […]

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What is BPD – a description

  Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that creates mood, behavioral, and relationship instability. The label is stigmatizing in itself and does not adequately describe the illness. Efforts are being made to change it. The term “borderline” had originally come into use when clinicians thought of patients as being on the border between […]

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Stigma – how it hurts

  We hear stigma mentioned frequently, but unless you’ve experienced it yourself, it would be hard to understand what it feels like. As someone who has learned what it means to be disgraced in this way, I’ve come to see how being stigmatized is often worse than the illness itself. At a certain point of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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