Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Month: December 2021

Get to know yourself by studying history’s greats

Here and there I’ve mentioned a new book that will soon be launched online. Justice for All is a departure from anything else I’ve written. Its aim is to increase the confidence of those who would like to be more self-assured. Fights to overcome injustices have taken place throughout history. This book tells the stories […]

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As simple as that. Love is the answer.

OVERCOMING DISCRIMINATION It happened again, as it so often does. As I woke up from a sleep, God brought me an answer to a problem I’ve tried to solve for years: How to overcome discrimination towards people who are different. “It’s all about love,” he whispered in my ear. “As simple as that. Love is […]

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Our voices – Have you forgotten his love?

Why do you despise us so? What have we done? Was it our physical appearance? Was it the way we act? Was it that you had forgotten we were people like you? Like others you knew? Like the people you could understand and love? But you don’t stop long enough to know us. To spend […]

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Denied our human right to speak and be heard

I have spoken with anger at the injustice I see towards people with mental illness like me. But angry words are not always counted as valid representations of what is believable and true. And so if that’s the way things are, I will endeavor to speak with the grief underneath that anger. You will hear […]

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Bell’s palsy. They never said it would hurt.

I spent a bad night last night, feeling miserable with the pain—more than since the palsy first started. This I hadn’t expected. After all, who would expect that paralysis could cause pain? Sometimes it’s just a dull aching, but persistent and annoying. Last night, the Tylenol that had helped in the past didn’t help and […]

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Why are people with mental illness not heard?

That’s the way it is when you have a mental illness. No matter how good a person you are or how much good you’ve done, you’re not considered to have credibility. Many like me have things to say: to protect ourselves, defend ourselves, explain ourselves. But we’re not listened to, not heard. Not like “regular” […]

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Setting the record straight – complex PTSD

Here is some extra information on complex CPTSD for those of you interested in hearing more. From VeryWell Mind – https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-complex-ptsd-2797491 Both PTSD and C-PTSD result from the experience of something deeply traumatic and can cause flashbacks, nightmares, and insomnia. Both conditions can also make you feel intensely afraid and unsafe even though the danger […]

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What my psychiatrist didn’t know

  As many of you know, I had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). But I have investigated complex PTSD – a disorder that describes my condition much better but is not yet listed in the diagnostic manual used in North America. It is listed in the ID11 used in Europe, recognized by the […]

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Hard times – personally speaking

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Dear friends, Please let me share some personal things with you. I’ve been writing to you for many years—for some of those years going through extremely tough times. […]

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