Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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The good in rapid cycling

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  279  (May 7, 2010) You know, I’d rather be into rapid cycling than in a solid depression, as I was at this time last year. The lows I go through now only last a few hours. The depression only got alarmingly low one day. That was followed by a high the next […]

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The good in bipolar

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  278  (May 2, 2010) Almost every day over the past while I wake up feeling awful. As the day progresses things usually improve. This morning it happened again. I felt so depressed. But as I sipped my coffee and looked out over the yard, the patio, and my favourite chair, I thought […]

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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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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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My great shame

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  268 (March 11, 2010) I’ve come to a place where I haven’t been before, at least I don’t recollect having been here before. I hate having this disorder and lacking the control I would like to have over my feelings and subsequent behaviour. Last week I was hard on a person, blaming […]

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Just a project?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  227  (March 31, 2009) I’m trying to deal with an understanding I’ve come to that one of my friends simply considers me a project – someone to support because I have bipolar. And that hurts. I’ve always considered her one of my best friends, feeling her love and care. She has been […]

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Unable to work

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  219  (January 20, 2009) Someone who has bipolar disorder and hasn’t been able to work for awhile wrote: “I personally feel discouragement, a loss of identity, and a lot of shame & guilt having been off work for this long.” I can well remember similar feelings – actually throughout most of my […]

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An endless roller coaster

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  210  (December 9, 2008) I’ve been on a roller coaster for about two months now – times when I’ve been okay and other times when I’ve felt very down, not knowing how I can continue, wishing I could get off the ride. I’ve heard some people with bipolar say how they think […]

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Feeling high

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  168  (June 9, 2008) I’ve been stable for so long I had almost forgotten I can still have mood swings just like other people with bipolar disorder. Funny how you start thinking you’re invincible. Today I’m realizing that I’m showing some signs of hypomania. I’ve had such a hunger to read books […]

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Anger about my article

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  109  (November 3, 2007) Tonight I found an awful comment to my article about Finding Meaning in a Life with Bipolar Disorder. The person had lost her home and her family and had some pretty mean words about my views. And it made me think: am I being far too positive in […]

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