Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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My current mental health (in 2019)

Although my psychiatrist says I still have bipolar disorder, I don’t feel like I do. The moods are quite different. As a result of what happened to me, I was diagnosed with features of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Symptoms and ability to cope are much different. (I should mention though. I believe BPD was a […]

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In the deep – depression

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  194  (September 30, 2008) I’m feeling not too bad at all this morning. I pray that this upturn will continue and that the depression won’t pull me under to too great an extent. It’s interesting to see how depression grabs hold. Increasingly I’ve been grabbed by pensive moods. My husband will catch […]

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Never invincible – depression again

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  193  (September 29, 2008) When you’ve been doing well for a long time, it’s hard to believe that you could ever be depressed again. But with bipolar disorder you’re never totally in the clear. It’s bound to come back. Here I am with two books published on how to live with bipolar […]

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Grant me your peace. Please? (2019)

My Lord, my God. I want an end to all this fighting. You made me to share your love. You made me to encourage and comfort in your name. To write devotionals that will give strength and assurance of your love to those who need it. How I love that work you’ve given me, Lord! […]

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My face like flint (2019)

In recent years I’ve had to fight hard just to survive the pain. In the previous post I said this: “You have to be willing to take a stand, let them at you, and not run away – ever. And we can do that because “the Sovereign Lord helps [us].” And God has taught me […]

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I will not be put to shame

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  192  (September 24, 2008) This morning I read something in Isaiah 50:5-7 that was perfect for me to read at this time. Isn’t it something how God will give you words when you most need them? Words that you might at any other time overlook? I’ve copied this into my journal and […]

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Comment on Christian condemnation (for me in 2019)

In the previous post I wrote: “Eradicating stigma is a fight, but as Christians we need to use love as our weapon of choice, not attacking with cutting words that will hurt. Even when people hurt us, we should try not to hurt back.” Unfortunately I haven’t been able to hold to what I said […]

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Condemnation from Christians

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES   191  (September 23, 2008) This morning someone going by the name Warrior Princess left a comment on an article I have online right now at canadianchristianity.com. The piece tries to show how mental illnesses are illnesses like any other – diabetes, heart disease, etc. etc. I was trying to educate, to eradicate […]

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Living Room spreading

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  190  (September 14, 2008) I heard from someone in Victoria last night, wanting to set up a conference call with me because people in her church are planning to start a Living Room. And one of the co-facilitators from my own group is planning to start a group of her own in […]

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“Trusting God” discussed at living room

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  189  (September 10, 2008) At Living Room on Friday we’re going to talk about trust. Being able to trust in God – to trust our ability to be well – to trust our doctor, etc. etc. It’s so important to a life of peace. It’s so important to our health. When I […]

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