Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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False impressions about BPD

  In reviewing the symptoms, personality traits and impairments of BPD, a person might think, “I wouldn’t want anything to do with such people!” They might even be regarded as evil. That’s why those who live with it are stigmatized to such a great extent. Even some medical professionals turn them away. They are avoided, […]

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What is BPD – a description

  Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that creates mood, behavioral, and relationship instability. The label is stigmatizing in itself and does not adequately describe the illness. Efforts are being made to change it. The term “borderline” had originally come into use when clinicians thought of patients as being on the border between […]

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The other Jesus

  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1: 4-5   I’ve been close to Jesus for a long time. He was the person I could always go to on those many occasions I was […]

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Stigma – how it hurts

  We hear stigma mentioned frequently, but unless you’ve experienced it yourself, it would be hard to understand what it feels like. As someone who has learned what it means to be disgraced in this way, I’ve come to see how being stigmatized is often worse than the illness itself. At a certain point of […]

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Responding to people with BPD

  One of the causes of stigma is that people don’t know how to respond to those who have mental illness. They fear how the person with mental illness might respond to them. As a result their social life is severely affected, particularly when inappropriate behaviour starts coming into play. If the church is to […]

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Fear of BPD

  The fear people have of those living with BPD must be one of the most tragic things for those who suffer. Fear is what causes the stigma that brings with it exclusion from groups and activities and avoidance by others. It becomes difficult to have friends, to have a job, to have a normal […]

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Understanding BPD

  As you’ve heard before, the stigma attached to BPD is enormous, making the lives of those who live with it very difficult. They feel like the outcasts of Jesus’ time must have felt – like they don’t belong and are not worthy of respect. Drawing from my personal experiences as well as others’ I […]

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Having a hard time?

  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 An encouraging thought: There’s no need to despair when things are tough. We always have Jesus. In fact, it’s at times when things are bad that we come to […]

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Open to God

If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,     even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:9-10   It’s quite amazing how God can lead us. To many it must sound like a mysterious process. They […]

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Beyond routine

  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 […]

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