Friday, February 23, 2007

I hit the front page!

This morning I couldn't believe it when I opened the paper I saw that my photo ended up on the front page - big! Inside are two full pages with information about depression...and another photo of me - rather unflattering, but I guess a good description of what depression feels like.

What I said in the interview was interspersed with info and other people's quotes in a big article. This is a huge stigma buster. Very informative. I am - as you can well imagine - excited and happy. This should get my book into a lot more people's hands.

Here's the link: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/index.html

It's not working as a link. Perhaps if you type it in it will. The front page can be accessed at the bottom left of the page.

3 comments:

Michele said...

Marja, Congratulations on all the publicity. You have a right to be excited. I will have to buy your book. I have read a number of things on bipolar but your book is not one that I have run across. Have you read the Jamison Redfield books? I find her to be very informative -- of course a little much for a layman, you really have to want to be studying the disease. I look forward to reading your book. Have you had a lot of bouts with depression? or more with mania? Feel free to send me an email. michelecampbell@kingwoodcable.net. m

Dream Writer said...

The link worked but you are nowhere to be found :(

I did a search for "Marja Bergen" and OTHER articles come up that you've written, but not the one that you are talking about.

Anyhoo - Congrats on the front page that must be so exciting..How I wish I could get on the front page at my local paper - Maybe when I publish this 2nd book on Domestic Violence it will be a HIT!

marja said...

Hi Michele and dream writer: Thank you for your congrats. It's been an exciting day and a half for me.

That link I posted has been replaced with today's paper. What I'll have to do is photograph the articles if I can, though I don't think you'll be able to read them - there's too much. (2 full page spreads in section A, as well as some on the first page) But it will give a good picture of the kind of coverage depression is getting from our paper this weekend. (This is a 3-part extra)

I told my Living Room group that this is a victory for everyone living with mood disorders. The articles are indepth, informative, and show depression from many angles - different peoples' experience. Such a great stigma buster and I'm so glad to have been a part of it.

I wonder how many people are now searching for copies of the book. Even if I were rich and could afford thousands of dollars in advertising, I couldn't have paid for this kind of attention.

Michele: Yes I've read the Jamison books and love them. I've had depression, mania, and psychosis in the past. I can't say what I've had more of - the depression or the mania. Over the past couple of years I've had a lot of hypomania and a few bouts of depression. At other times of my life the depression has had the upper hand. My tendency to psychosis is under control, thanks to medication.