Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: rejection (page 1 of 3)

From friend to worst enemy

  After difficult years of suffering from painful memories, I started seeing some answers to why everything happened.  Things started coming together revealing the main reason I had been so badly hurt. The mistreatment I had received was part of an effort to encourage me to leave – to leave the place where I had […]

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Comfort when rejected

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  282 (July 11, 2010) Crazy how you can make a little thing into something so big that it threatens to take you down into depression. The feeling of rejection I talked about a few posts ago caused recurring pain. I think because I was focusing on it so much instead of forgetting […]

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Rejection at church

In the previous post I talked about how some people with mental health problems go home after church with feelings of rejection. I confess, that happened to me many times in past years. Often those feelings of rejection led to depression. I don’t know whether I’m different than I used to be, but in the […]

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Feelings of rejection

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  280  (June 28, 2010) Do you think that people with mental illness feel rejected more than those who do not deal with such illnesses? What I’m talking about is a feeling of rejection from a group that in general aren’t harboring stigma. I believe very much that they do, though a friend […]

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Forgive them, Father

There came a time when the entire truth surfaced. Pain intensified and anger did as well. All that had been her life, the present and the past, stolen. Multiple betrayals. Reputation destroyed. Mental health damaged. Jesus told us to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) She had obeyed as […]

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My church history – 2005-2016

  I’ve spent much time trying to write my Living Room history. There’s a lot I haven’t covered and, as I’ve said, I would like to move on. But I do want to leave this capsulated form of my history. It offers a clearer overall picture of how things went for me. 2005 or so […]

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Can you understand such pain? (2019)

This story tells – and will continue telling – things that need to be heard. It tries to show the many ways in which stigma, emotional abuse, and rejection can affect a person with mental illness. You are reading about an example, a tragedy in the life of one individual. Within a brief period of […]

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All I had left, rejected (2019)

Told how another with illness coped by doing things for others and not complaining about pain, I felt the silent criticism. My quiet response: “I write.” The reply: “But you write for yourself.” Within myself I thought: I write to help many. To let them know they’re not alone. To remind them of God and […]

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Emotional problems (2019)

I felt embarrassed sharing the last post from 2009. How sick I was! Not just physically, but emotionally. Not only from bipolar disorder, but from emotional problems stemming from childhood. I found friends who showed me the greatest love I had ever known, but ended up stifling them. Is that what created so many problems […]

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As though I never existed (2019)

After I retired from my Living Room group In 2015 it was as though all I had done was forgotten – as though I no longer existed. Please let me share why I felt that way. Sometime before I was asked to do a presentation of my manual to new Living Room facilitators. Not feeling […]

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