Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 1 of 20)

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 doesn’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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Better than new

  I have a friend who once wrote a beautiful poem about a broken vase. It held a lot of meaning for her. And this morning I remembered this story told me by another friend. It held a lot of meaning for me. Somehow I feel these stories are connected. I bring this to you […]

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I was misdiagnosed – much damage done

Complex post traumatic stress (CPTSD) has been the source of my struggles all along, caused by emotional abuse in 2015. My original diagnosis, borderline personality disorder (BPD), has similar symptoms. Thus the misdiagnosis. The psychiatrist who has seen me for the last 8 months discovered the error. I’m announcing this because I’ve written so much […]

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Glad to be sensitive

November 2017   But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16   I’ve been told I’m too sensitive—that it causes pain I shouldn’t have. Pain from feelings of rejection—whether real or perceived. I’m told it’s an illness—a bad one. But although some of the pain in the […]

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Letters from jail – A life worth living – Part 55

BIRMINGHAM LETTER On April 3, 1963, King’s nonviolent tactics were put to their most severe test in Birmingham during a mass protest for fair hiring practices and desegregation of department store facilities. On Good Friday, April 12th, King and his friend and mentor, Ralph Abernathy, led the march, singing freedom songs. Nearing the downtown area, […]

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Nonviolent resistance and anger – A life worth living – Part 52

NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE During the time of the bus boycott, King overcame arrest and other violent harassment, including bombing of his home on January 30, 1956. The inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi began to exert its influence…People who had never heard of him had become familiar with who he was. “Nonviolent resistance emerged as the technique of […]

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Do you have such courage? – A life worth living – Part 51

I think all of the individuals we’ve looked at so far have stood up to be counted for some kind of cause, without fear of the consequences. Remember Oskar Schindler and how he risked his life, and spent his fortune helping Jews survive the threat of death camps? And what about Gandhi and his radical […]

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