Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Stigma my biggest struggle

Dear Marja, I cried reading your article entitled “Feeling Hated?” dated June 7th because I can truly relate. Sometimes what keeps me going are your articles. My struggles are no longer so much about my illness as I have learned how to handle that now especially with the medicines and some self help stuff I […]

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Leprosy of mental illness: living with borderline part 9

  DIARY: Despised by those once close, made to feel ugly. What have I done? I did the best I could. Was I really to blame, or was it the label someone stuck on me?   Where do you go when you have an illness that doctors and counselors don’t want to deal with – […]

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Dear readers – about bpd

  You may have noticed that I started a series of posts a few weeks ago that I call Living with Borderline. I’m hoping the posts will encourage those who live with borderline personality disorder and that they will help their family and friends learn to understand them. I pray that raising awareness will help […]

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Becoming a child again

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3   I enjoy little children, the young ones that don’t care how they look to others. They’re real, just the way God made them to be. They live and love with everything they […]

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Living with borderline: the problem of stigma

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is not adequately described by the label it commonly goes by. A more accurate description would be emotional dysregulation. BPD has nine features. Some of us have all of them; others, like me, have only some. For more information about the disorder, google BPD. But don’t allow what you read there […]

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9. Healthy relationships with our supporters

When fences become walls Some words a friend shared:  “I keep thinking about fences, especially the ones on our street.  I’m not sure that fences make GOOD neighbours.  Wherever there is a fence on our street, it feels like they are keeping everyone out of their corner of the world. It becomes a definite boundary, […]

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5. Healthy relationships with our supporters

Respecting boundaries Lord, this morning I emailed a brief note to a friend. I thought I was getting pretty good about respecting her boundaries, trying not to email more than every couple of days or so. We had not formally discussed that this should be a boundary, yet it’s what seemed to work best. But […]

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Becoming a child again

  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3   I enjoy little children, the young ones that don’t care how they look to others. They’re real, just the way God made them to be. They live and love with everything […]

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Ashamed?

  …let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, […]

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Stigmatized

stigmatized by trusted one, teacher of God’s love, Christ’s example   I followed faithfully loved deeply those I served on God’s behalf   yet was treated as though evil disrespected in words and action the pain unbearable   why this? from one such as this?   my mental illness?    

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