This is what the JW's say about leaving their religion, isn't it? It is completely wrong and ridiculous to call someone that leaves a religion mentally diseased. And, I find it abhorrent that the WT also tells their members that the apostate has turned their back on God. Usually, the person has found out the lies and false prophecies of the WT and wants to worship God in a more true way to the bible. The mentally diseased label is given so that current members do not find out the truth about the WT society.
The WT society always uses strong language infused with propaganda. The stories that are in the WT are meant to be scare tactics to keep people in. These people are told that if they are not associated with the JW's, they will die at Armageddon. They are constantly thinking everyone else is out to get them and that Satan is behind everyone that has something negative to say about the WT. And, these claims that the WT makes are a huge stretch from the bible verses. As an educated, bible friendly person, I am amazed at what the WT can get someone to believe.
There is mental illness linked to the JW's. JW's have 5 times the suicide rate of those that are not JW's. They also have 4 times the rate of paranoid schizophrenia. Psychosis is forty times the normal rates in JW's.
The main problems are depression, feeling of helplessness, worry, doubt, and conflicts in the congregation. The elders try to enforce extremely rigid, ridiculous rules. If they are not followed it causes people to feel depressed and to say, "I'm a bad person! I'm terrible!" And naturally they feel guilt, worry and doubt.
Of course, Witnesses try to paint a picture to outsiders that they are happy people to give a good impression of the Organization. Psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers and other sources have much to say about the emotional problems of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Hundreds of Jehovah's Witnesses were contacted including a number of high-ranking officials in the Watchtower. The leadership typically responds, "But we do not know what to do!" Then they reject solutions. While the Witnesses lack happiness, they are obligated to pretend as if they have it.
How do they go around believing, 'We have the truth. God is with us. He is using us. And yet we are miserable'?" Some of the Witnesses conclusions sound rational even though they are false. First, they believe those inside the Watchtower Society are God's people. Everybody outside the Watchtower Society is of Satan. Satan would try to do everything he can to be nice to those outside of the Watchtower because he has all of them. They consider those inside the Watchtower to be Satan's failures. Therefore, Satan would try to make everyone inside the Watchtower Society miserable. The Witnesses reason that their general unhappiness, thinking the people on the outside are possibly happier, proves they are God's people. If you reason through the problem with them in this way, they would probably say, "No, not quite." But in conversation you can see they really believe it.
They teach the opposite. They teach the only ones who are truly happy are those within the organization. They say those outside are miserable because they are not in God's Organization. The contradiction is somewhat upsetting to the Witnesses.
Many Jehovah's Witnesses are aware of the serene contentment of godly Christians. This can cause them some paranoia. Psychiatrically, the most common mental illness among Jehovah's Witnesses is known as paranoia schizophrenia. One can understand how they would become paranoid. They see people outside of the Organization who seem to be happy while the Witnesses are not happy and they know they aren't. When a Christian talks to them about their error, it often makes sense. How would you expect the Witnesses to react? Frightened! It is frightening to people to feel they are wrong.
Another contributing factor leading to mental illness is that eventually the Jehovah's Witnesses become afraid to talk to each other. People are reported to the elders all the time. My sin, or my contemplated sin, may become a subject of gossip in the congregation. This commonly happens. The first, second or third person I confide in may not expose me, but it will happen. When a Witness confides in another, that person might listen and seem to try to understand or he may condemn the individual. Then the problem shared in confidence becomes the subject of congregational gossip. What happens next? You would not confide in another Witness again! Then what happens? Again, isolation!
All of this leads to Jw's condemning others, exagerrating world events, having a negative look on life, irrational fears, isolation, alienation, suspicion among the congregation, reporting others in the congregation, all leading to mental illness.