Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Dear readers – about bpd


You may have noticed that I started a series of posts a few weeks ago that I call Living with Borderline. I’m hoping the posts will encourage those who live with borderline personality disorder and that they will help their family and friends learn to understand them. I pray that raising awareness will help bring compassion for the many who suffer in this way.

I was diagnosed with features of BPD three years ago and feel called to reduce the blatant stigma attached to it. So much needs to be said and God is leading me to write from many different angles. I write about how I’ve been touched with the illness, realizing that many are similarly affected .

One of the worst things about the illness, is the world’s view of it and the subsequent shame we live with. We should not be made to feel such shame. The illness is not of our own making. It is caused by childhood trauma and at times even by trauma in adult relationships.

My hope and prayer is that readers with BPD will find encouragement through my writing. Through these posts, I pray that God will help me bring about a greater awareness about what BPD is and what it isn’t. I hope too that others who suffer will be inspired to speak to this, in whatever way they can. This is God’s work and with him at the helm, much can be done.


Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. These symptoms often result in impulsive actions and problems in relationships. People with borderline personality disorder may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that can last from a few hours to days. (National Institute of Mental Health)

1 Comment

  1. Hi Maria, I’m 39 years old, a follower of Christ (as you phrased it). I also am highly sensitive and have BPD, and I’ve been practicing DBT for 9 years now (Marsha Linehan rocks!). I talk about BPD frequently with people I care about and with those who are interested. God helps me every day stay mindfully in the moment, tolerate distressing situation, regulate my emotions and build effective relationships. I thought I’d reach out and share this bit with you. Let me know if you’d care to know more, or talk about our experiences. 😊

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