Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: abuse

Return to God, return to joy (2019)

(Names are fictitious) I rejoice that I have recovered so much wellness since I first started writing this story. I’ve expressed many hurts, shed them, and made room for joy again. Such a gift that is! I thank God for the amazing way he has worked. Writing can teach us things, and I have learned […]

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Emotional problems (2019)

I felt embarrassed sharing the last post from 2009. How sick I was! Not just physically, but emotionally. Not only from bipolar disorder, but from emotional problems stemming from childhood. I found friends who showed me the greatest love I had ever known, but ended up stifling them. Is that what created so many problems […]

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Comment on Christian condemnation (for me in 2019)

In the previous post I wrote: “Eradicating stigma is a fight, but as Christians we need to use love as our weapon of choice, not attacking with cutting words that will hurt. Even when people hurt us, we should try not to hurt back.” Unfortunately I haven’t been able to hold to what I said […]

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Rendered worthless

  A year of abuse by one I had thought incapable. I’d been respected as a leader of worth, but the mistreatment left me broken, feeling worthless. All I had built destroyed. I changed. Became a different person, diagnosed with borderline (BPD). Stigmatized like never before. Thought badly of. Lost friends. Today I live with […]

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Flowers amid the pain

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8   Uh oh! Just realized while editing this, that I’m on the same old topic again – my old hurts. I’m very sorry. […]

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Beginnings: living with borderline

  How I wish I could find someone who would understand! Helping others appreciate your emotional pain must be impossible, unless they’ve also experienced it. Thus you’re left very much alone – the pain shrugged off as unimportant by friends and family. And so I write, hoping that perhaps some will understand this clue of […]

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Abused

  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 I’m telling you this story because I’ve been writing much about the pain I’ve undergone over the past couple of years. Today I feel I need to fill you in a bit more than I have. Doing so will […]

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