Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: understanding

Part 21 – Understanding those who don’t understand

  Written in 2009 As a person living with bipolar disorder, I used to feel frustrated that so many people did not understand mental illness. I was angry that people didn’t even try to empathize. But through my writing and educating others, I’ve learned that the problem does not lie with healthy people alone. It […]

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Beyond human understanding

  There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. (Satan said to God) “Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have […]

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You’re not alone

  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10-11   When I experience emotional pain I’d give anything to have friends and family appreciate what I’m going through. This is especially so when I’m finding it hard to […]

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Surviving the unbearable

  She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13   I was delighted to receive a devotional from an old Living Room friend. So good it is when people from my […]

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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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Me too

A few days ago I received an email from someone  who told me that she too suffers from BPD.  She understands what I’m dealing with.  It’s so good to be reminded that I’m not alone and that there’s someone out there who cares enough to share this with me. I was glad she contacted me. […]

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