Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: mental illness

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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Why we need boundaries

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3 Many of us living with mental health issues find it hard to realize […]

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“If you can keep your head”

…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 “If you can keep your head when all about you, are losing theirs and blaming it on you…” I read the […]

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8. Healthy relationships with our supporters

Fences make good neighbours? Lord, this photo of a fence with flowers growing on either side is helping me learn some important lessons about boundaries that I didn’t understand before. For a long time, the concept of boundaries didn’t make sense to me. It hurt when I was shut out of various people’s lives. Oh, […]

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Shame

This morning I awoke not wanting to get up, which is hugely unlike me. I was literally moaning with bad feelings – ashamed of having this illness that far too often make me act unnaturally. I’m not ashamed of the illness, but about what it makes me do at times. And I feel such pain […]

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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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Grieving evermore

This morning – as it has been increasingly so – I am grieving the prejudice that exists towards people with mental illness. And experiencing it firsthand in a way I never have before, I’ve come to know the deep pain that comes with it. Too often now I’m doubting my self-worth. I’m feeling the hopelessness […]

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