Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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The pain of stigma in church

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  156  (April 28, 2008) I haven’t thought for a while about stigma within the church. My life has been pretty insulated. I don’t feel the effects of such stigma. But every once in a while I hear a story that gets my blood boiling. It’s not simple anger I feel, though. It’s […]

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Blogging to heal

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  132  (February 17, 2008) Ohh, do I ever need to blog – to share with you some of the stuff I’m going through! I coped fine with everything until the day after the funeral. Then I found out that my best friend will be away for the months of March and April. […]

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Nobody knows

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8   Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, an African-American spiritual that originated during the period of slavery came to mind this morning. I could very much relate to the words and I’m sure some of you might as well. […]

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Faith and mental health

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES 4  (September 9, 2006) I have lived with bipolar disorder as a person who didn’t believe in God. And I’ve lived with bipolar illness as someone who learned to have faith in Jesus Christ. And, though my faith did not “heal” me, I have become a stronger person because of it. Trusting […]

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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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Ugly me

  Dear God. I told my therapist last week how I’m feeling ugly. He told me I have to stop expecting everyone to be like Jesus. I suppose I have been, Lord. I haven’t accepted people in the way I’ve wanted them to accept and forgive people like me. The kindness I used to have […]

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It is finished – forgiven

  Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, […]

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Forever hated? living with borderline

Dear Lord, What happened to the person I was? Hated by someone I never imagined would hate. …and the pain that came, the deep deep pain. Today I sit with the one I love, sorry it’s all so hard on him, sorry I can’t be what I was. Will he too hate me now? It […]

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Haven’t you heard?

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:28-29   What an emotional […]

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Living with borderline: part 3 – what’s it like?

  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Matthew 5:11 Everyone feels a degree of pain when hurt through rejection or through others’ words or actions. For those living with BPD, such pain is considerably more intense. With this piece I […]

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