Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: victim

My claims of abuse – a symptom of my illness?

MENTAL ILLNESS AND ABUSE Graham Thornicroft, in his book Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness said this: “Once a person has been defined as mentally ill, his or her protests are often discredited or, even worse, labelled one more ‘symptom’ of his or her illness.” I have – for a very long time tried […]

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From victim to victor

September 2016  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (NASB) Romans 8:28   Everyone experiences mistreatment in life. I’m sure you must have had that happen, whether as a child or later in life. For […]

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When no one believes you

There is an insidious form of stigma that’s common in the lives of people with mental illness. It’s caused by mistreatment that’s real but not obvious, and so, when complaints are made, they’re not believed. The victims’ ability tell the truth about a situation, is all too often questioned. That’s unfair and a great injustice. […]

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Choosing for the abuser

As author Herman notes, there is no neutrality in the trauma of abuse.  The bystander — that’s you and me — cannot merely by-stand.  To do so is to choose, and the choice is for the abuser.  Evil only asks that we remain quiet and still.  Divert our eye and go on about our business. […]

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A victim’s plight

  Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him [Jesus]. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders. John 7:12-13   I invite you to read what author Judith Lewis Herman says about this kind […]

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Victimized

  A victim. Blamed for the cruelty of another. Not believed. A victim, Abandoned by those who once cared. A victim. Remorse, her one need denied. A victim. A child without mother to hold her close. A victim. Wrapped in undeserved shame. Forevermore? marja  

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