Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: BPD for Churches (page 1 of 2)

Not for myself alone – part 4

In an effort to find peace within myself and build understanding about living with mental illness for others, I’m trying not to judge, but to realize there are two sides to every story. I want to show how some otherwise good people hurt me, but I also want to show what caused that to happen. […]


He turned the world upside down

  Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. 1 John 2:6 ESV   When we decide to follow Jesus, we are called to be like him. To do what he would do. To say the kinds of things he would say. To love as he […]


God and our personalities

  Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? (Philippians 2:1)   While in hospital in 2015, my psychiatrist determined that I had features of borderline personality disorder (BPD). The diagnosis was made on the basis of the anger and fear of rejection I […]



  NOTE:   TO GO TO PLEA TO THE CHURCH, THE FIRST POST IN THIS SERIES, PLEASE CLICK   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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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