Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

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Others can’t possibly understand

LACK OF UNDERSTANDING LEADS TO LACK OF CARE . . . and I should realize that by now. I’m sorry if I was harsh on those who don’t. Of course you don’t get it and it’s not your fault. It just hurts terribly to know that those of us who live with mental health issues […]

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Are we really so “crazy?”

PSYCHIATRISTS SHOULD LISTEN BEFORE DIAGNOSING I was regularly abused for a year by someone I had least expected. It left me with emotional damage wrongly diagnosed as borderline personality disorder (BPD), the most stigmatized of all mental illnesses. This diagnosis assumed that my reaction to the mistreatment was simply due to over-sensitivity. The psychiatrist did […]

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Do we have any rights at all?

When We Lose the One we Depend On As a person with a diagnosis of mental illness, dependent on others for your everyday needs, have you ever wondered what would happen if your husband, wife, or other caregiver were to die? Will your rights be protected? I fear for mine. Were your husband or wife […]

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No one listens anymore

What happened to those voices that did the initial work of raising mental health awareness in the Church? Stories of what it feels like to be discriminated against are not heard because those who are affected are shunned when they want to tell about their pain. No one listens anymore. Why do the powers that […]

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Why talk about BPD?

I believe that by openly talking about an illness to which shame is normally attached, that sense of shame will be greatly reduced.

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Real people – BPD

They are real people like you and me. Yet they suffer in ways few would be able to comprehend. Please try to imagine what it would be like to be this 26-year-old woman from Wichita, KS. She writes: “I was diagnosed with BPD about seven years ago. When I was told what it was, I […]

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Have mercy on me! – life with BPD

I wrote the following in November 2015 during one of the most difficult periods in my life. It would lead to years of ongoing suffering. Today, thank God, my life is starting to turn around…or is it? When one suffers from bipolar disorder as well as features of borderline personality disorder—two major mental health problems […]

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Part 21 – Understanding those who don’t understand

  Written in 2009 As a person living with bipolar disorder, I used to feel frustrated that so many people did not understand mental illness. I was angry that people didn’t even try to empathize. But through my writing and educating others, I’ve learned that the problem does not lie with healthy people alone. It […]

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Beyond human understanding

  There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. (Satan said to God) “Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have […]

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You’re not alone

  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Philippians 3:10-11   When I experience emotional pain I’d give anything to have friends and family appreciate what I’m going through. This is especially so when I’m finding it hard to […]

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