Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: BPD (page 1 of 3)

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 […]

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My anger develops (2019)

In the last post I wrote: Today I was once more drawn into a place that felt ugly. I had talked to a friend about something she really needed to know. She didn’t take it well and dumped a vehement response on me. I think I have lost a friend. I’m not used to being […]

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My current mental health (in 2019)

Although my psychiatrist says I still have bipolar disorder, I don’t feel like I do. The moods are quite different. As a result of what happened to me, I was diagnosed with features of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Symptoms and ability to cope are much different. (I should mention though. I believe BPD was a […]

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From a BPD diary

  A good two days with visits from friends. And I think to myself, maybe this illness is not that bad. I lay down to relax with a mid-afternoon nap. But as I awoke I could not see beyond. I was sinking, unable to stop. Hopeless. Life is hopeless when it deceives you at every […]

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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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With Jesus – Living with borderline

  To think of how I’ve ended up with BPD! It’s an illness that causes me to be thought badly of and avoided. I’ve lost friends and continue losing friends. Recent requests for health care ignored. The very thought of being saddled with this illness and wondering why it all happened to me fills me […]

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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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Take my life – living with borderline

  Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1   Strange: Only yesterday I emailed one of our worship leaders with a wish to sing a favourite hymn. It was […]

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Unmet childhood needs – living with borderline

  Mental health professionals agree that those who have a stressful childhood are at greater risk of developing BPD. Sources of stress include abuse, neglect, parental divorce, separation from a parent or caregiver, mental disorders in a caregiver, parent, or sibling, or general conflict, fighting, and instability in the family. When I became an adult […]

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I had no idea!

  See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1   I always knew I had childlike qualities – an honesty, openness, […]

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