Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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When all men doubt you

  …in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11   The goal I’ve set for myself is to write devotionals that will build you up and encourage you. We all need that. However, as I sat down to write today, I realized we mustn’t overlook the realities […]

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My pain

  Graham Thornicroft, in his book Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness said this: “Once a person has been defined as mentally ill, his or her protests are often discredited or, even worse, labelled one more ‘symptom’ of his or her illness.” I have – for a very long time tried to reconcile with […]

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Why listen to him?

  The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”  But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”   John 10:19-21   Have you ever felt […]

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Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness

  This book by Graham Thornicroft discusses the following:  “People with mental illness commonly describe the stigma and discrimination they face as being worse than their main condition. Discrimination can pervade every part of their daily life – their personal life, working life, sense of citizenship, their ability to maintain even a basic standard of […]

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In the face of persecution

  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven Matthew 5: 10-12a   In fact, […]

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They thought I was a priest (2019)

(From my journal October 2013) On October 7, 2013 I was admitted to CRESST where I was to stay for three weeks. It was my first time at a psychiatric treatment facility in fifteen years. The biggest reason I was there was to adjust my strange sleeping patterns. They were thought to be bringing on […]

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An illness like any other

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  186  (September 4, 2008) Someone approached me having difficulty accepting her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This prompts me to share an excerpt from my first book, Riding the Roller Coaster. Throughout the writing of this book I held in mind the people who were newly diagnosed and how hard it is to […]

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I’m unbelievably well

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  177  (July 4, 2008) It’s hard to believe how my mental health has improved over the years. Amazing how far I have come! The friends from my current church who have known me for four or five years think I’ve made great strides since they got to know me. But they didn’t […]

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Me as a mother

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  37  (December 29, 2006) I’m working on an autobiographical account of my life with bipolar disorder and how God has been working in me over the past 18 years. Today I’m trying to write about the topic of motherhood…trying to figure out whether my illness had any ill effects on my son’s […]

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Living with borderline: part 5 – betrayal

DIARY: Waking up, flooded with painful memories once more. Having given all she had, yet robbed. Robbed of all she invested, all that had made her feel worthy.   When something or someone is stolen from me while I’m rendered helpless because of mental ill health, the pain is excruciating. Being hurt in this way […]

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