Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: emotional damage

Excluded from study group (2019)

At this point I think it’s time I tell you about my greatest source of pain. It was only one of many, but contributed more to later suffering and emotional damage than any other single event. I’m sharing this to illustrate how great and cruel stigma can be and how dehumanizing it is to the […]

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The day my life changed – beaten to the ground

  For many years I served in a caring ministry, sharing God’s love with those who needed him badly. I loved the work and gave it my all. Many benefited. But throughout those years I longed to be part of a small group – a place where I would not lead, but simply be a […]

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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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A damaged life

The emotional damage caused by stigma needs to be recognized, especially when disrespect is shown to a mental ill person by someone least likely to do so – a godly man – a follower of Christ. The effects of such violated trust increases one’s mental illness tenfold, causing unbelievable pain. It leads to a sense […]

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