Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Hanging onto thankfulness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  214  (December 27, 2008) Regrets and shame have brought me down lately. I’m good one day, and then something triggers me to turn to those negative emotions and thoughts and I go deeply dark. But, if I were able to get things into better perspective, the way I should and the way […]

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Embarrassing truths I learned (2019)

One learns a lot when looking back on journal entries, or blog entries. Truths about yourself hit home. Truths you never noticed before but others did. And it’s embarrassing. As I’ve gone through this blog, starting in 2006, I’ve seen me mention every little ache and pain I experienced. The slightest feeling of depression – […]

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Will God accept me?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  188  (September 7, 2008) I had questions from a reader that I’d like to address. There may be some with similar problems. She sounds in deep pain. I hope this post will help. B. wrote, “I did things as a result of my impulses and emotions and feelings from my mania that […]

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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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Understanding people who don’t understand

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  101  (September 19, 2007) In the last post I talked about how my congregation learned to understand and support people with mental illness. I think one important thing that helps me when I try to educate and help people understand mental health issues – whether it’s through writing or meeting with them […]

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Forgetting ourselves through other-centeredness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  90  (August 8, 2007) A couple of days ago I felt so awful, even thinking I might be on the edge of depression again – all because I felt I had been leaning too heavily on my friends – bothering them too much with my phone calls and emails. Today I feel […]

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Living without shame

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  65  (April 26, 2007) At Living Room tomorrow I’m going to open a discussion on stigma and how it has – or has not – affected us. I’m sure everyone will have stories of when they’ve been hurt or misunderstood. I believe stigma is the greatest enemy of those who live with […]

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Developing confidence

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  13  (September 26, 2006) It takes great effort to live with good self-esteem when the disorder we have is so stigmatized. It’s so utterly unfair that we, who through no fault of our own, have a disease and have to hide it, living in shame. If you’ve read some of my earlier […]

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If only…

LIVING ROOM 3 (August 30, 2006) If only we did not feel such shame. If only it were safer for us to speak and tell others. If only there were no stigma… I can’t let this topic go. I first decided to come out in the open when I read the following by Dr. John […]

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Why fight stigma?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES 2 (August 28, 2006) One of the main goals in my mental health work has been to reduce stigma. Recently I concluded that stigma was perhaps more responsible for depression, hopelessness and suicide than the illness itself. In my young and zealous “voice” back in August 2006, I wrote the following in […]

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