Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: depression (page 1 of 9)

Where can you turn?

April 2009 Excerpt from A Battle Against Stigma What puzzles me is this: When a person feels so down that they become suicidal they are told that they should reach out. They’re told they should let others know how they’re feeling. Yet how many people really want to be told how crummy a person feels? […]

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When you don’t feel like doing anything

All of us who have had bouts of depression know what it’s like to have a hard time doing anything. Sitting around like a blob makes you feel worse than ever. More than a few of us are fighting such a battle today. In 1999 my book, Riding the Roller Coaster: Living with Mood Disorders […]

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Will you forget us forever?

  Adapted from a Living Room interactive devotional How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, […]

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Coping with our pain

Adapted from 2010 Living Room interactive devotional. To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift […]

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Feeling Hopeless?

  Adapted from a 2010 Living Room interactive devotional More than ever, people today are dealing with depression. It’s not surprising. But for many, depression is more than a condition caused by a difficult situation. The most painful thing for them is the endlessness of it. All they see is a life filled with darkness. […]

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Will I find my way back?

  Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, […]

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I took a walk

I took a walk, first in a week. The streets have changed. Fewer people. They must all be where I have been, hunkered down at home. Slowing down. A darker life, with less purpose. Less and less life in their souls. Oh Lord! Bring us back to life.    A few weeks ago I sent […]

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When connecting is difficult: Helping our depressed friends

  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, […]

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Surviving isolation

  The solitary confinement that prisoners sometimes undergo as punishment is cruel. Our self-isolation isn’t, but does feel a tiny bit like it at times. Most of us, however, are in our homes and have all the comforts we usually enjoy. Those who do have those, need to be thankful. Nelson Mandela, in his autobiography […]

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Waiting patiently

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise […]

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