Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: support (page 1 of 6)

Was this why the anger? (2019)

I need people. Always have. Many of us, including me, wouldn’t survive our emotional distresses without the support of friends, counselors or the crisis line. Without having someone stay close to talk us through the pain, we might not survive. I might not have survived. It often takes another person to help us look at […]

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My great shame

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  268 (March 11, 2010) I’ve come to a place where I haven’t been before, at least I don’t recollect having been here before. I hate having this disorder and lacking the control I would like to have over my feelings and subsequent behaviour. Last week I was hard on a person, blaming […]

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Following a friend’s example

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  247  (August 29, 2009) The holidays I had this spring and summer showed me how good it is for me to take time out to relax. They showed me how important it is to keep my life in balance. I decided to try not to get overly stressed again. I need to […]

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Coming alongside God

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  245  (August 11, 2009) One thing that contributed to the depression I’ve recently recovered from was that I felt overwhelmed by all that Living Room brought me: people to support, interest by others from far and wide to start a group. A few weeks ago I even heard from someone in Pretoria, […]

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Unstable, but I can still write (2019)

Looking over the previous blog from 2009 I see how the degree of wellness I had during my Living Room days had not been as great as I remembered. I had a lot of instability. Long periods of depression and then highs when I started planning and organizing far more than I could manage. Today […]

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Sheer happiness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  243  (July 7, 2009) Wow! Over the past little while I have found out what happiness truly feels like. I’ve been removed from that feeling for so long and become so unfamiliar with it that I actually feel kind of high, though my friends say I’m acting quite normal. Just the happy […]

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God pours his love into our brokenness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  234  (April 22, 2009) I’ve got to share something with you here, something that came as a revelation to me and it might to you too. I have a good friend who is a troubled person, having suffered a lot of abuse as a child and later as the wife of an […]

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Comments on friends to turn to (2019)

Friends I was able to turn to are no longer. Those who knew me best. Those who were close during my Living Room years. Those who were like father and mother, giving comfort when I needed. All are gone. A lot was my fault. I became too much for them. Later, I myself was no […]

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Where can I turn?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  231  (April 12, 2009) My roller coaster ride will not stop. I don’t feel so depressed that I don’t want to do anything. Just feel an overwhelming sense of sadness. Trouble with me is that I feel a need to reach out – to draw comfort from others. Yet that kind of […]

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Just a project?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  227  (March 31, 2009) I’m trying to deal with an understanding I’ve come to that one of my friends simply considers me a project – someone to support because I have bipolar. And that hurts. I’ve always considered her one of my best friends, feeling her love and care. She has been […]

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