Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Month: September 2018 (page 1 of 3)

Can’t stop the shame?

  The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21:17   Have you ever done […]


Weary and burdened? “Come to me”

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   Do you […]


Where is the light?

  I firmly believe that Jesus shines his light on us through the people he brings into our lives. God needs us to be his representatives on earth. He made us to show each other who he is and what he’s like. He needs us to show his love, to support each other in lives […]


BPD – Part 11 – Boundaries

  Much has been written about the need for boundaries when supporting people with mental health issues. But I don’t think we hear much about what having such boundaries means to such people themselves. I will describe a bit from a point of view I had at one time. This will be followed by words […]


BPD – Part 10 – Treatment of BPD

  BPD IS TREATABLE Borderline personality disorder is treatable and recovery is possible. Though mental health specialists rarely use the word “cured,” many people recover or at least have the symptoms of their disorder controlled so that they can live a fulfilling life. One very common myth is that borderline personality disorder can’t be treated. Fortunately, […]


BPD – Part 9 – Mood swings in BPD

  People with BPD often feel like they are on an emotional roller coaster and typically have an unstable sense of self and fear of abandonment. Everyone experiences emotional ups and downs, but those with BPD tend to experience mood swings that are more intense and frequent than the typical person and last between a […]


BPD – Part 8 – 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, […]


BPD – Part 7 – 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 […]


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 […]


BPD – Part 6 – 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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