Depression and mental illness is widespread in the congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses.
I can't tell you how many Witnesses I know that are on anti-depressants. Spme of them are even receiving shock treatments. It is little wonder if you are programmed to believe that 99.9% of the human race (non-Witnesses) are doomed to be slaughtered at Armageddon. Your wife, husband. children and other relatives, whom you love, are all doomed unless they become Witnesses.
At meetings, you will be frequently told by circuit overseers and others that you must do more - that what you offer is not enough. You are told that the world is an evil, demonic place soon to be horribly destroyed. You are warned about persecution coming. You are told to cut off contact with disfellowshipped relatives as fully as possible. You are told that other people are "worldly" and bad associations.
In order to preserve the shallow and childlike existence of the witnesses, certain reactions are predictable. Witnesses are instructed not to read certain material, or think 'independently' or even to cite scholarly works in talks (elders were warned about doing this at Elders School a few years ago. Now, of course, the talk is all written out for you so you only have to repeat what is written.)
Does any of this sound like it would create depression or mental illness in a person who believes it?
The state of today's witnesses came about through the conditioning of several generations of Witnesses that passed ignorance onto their children as the world quickly grew more complex around them.
I find it ironic that they put forth so much effort these days to be accepted and appear normal. And yet, the rate of progress the world moves at has left them so far behind they continue to appear more and more fanatical.
What is the result of keeping the witnesses in a cage, unable to associate with people outside of their religion, unable to read a range of literature, grieving over the son, daughter, wife and husband that you can no longer show your love for because they are disfellowshipped or disassociated:
Bad marriages - based on utterly unrealistic hopes.
Ever hear of 'green card' marriages in the 'truth'? Grab a nice Eastern European sister, marry her and find out she won't live with you or have sex. (sorry sucker)
Murder and suicide - Witnesses who can't take it anymore, aren't good enough, aren't zealous enough. Murder of kids because otherwise they'll die forever at Armageddon.
Bizarre ailments - Witnesses who were born into "the truth" are allergic to everything. There are self mutilationproblems, multiple personalities, anorexia, bulimia. Perhaps the'truth' doesn't directly but this is happening to people who have been witnesses all their life.
Pedophiles, Sexual Perverts - Of course, these have always been a part of the Watchtower, we are only just now hearing about them because the information was kept under wraps.
Frauds and scams - being victimized by con artists with get rich quick schemes
BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE GOOD CRITICAL JUDGEMENT!
Look at some of the comments on this very blog. Witnesses who follow the Watchtower no matter what happens. People who let the organization do their thinking for them. People who let the organization interpret their Bible for them, in spite of the fact that they change that interpretation all the time.
Now I will make a prediction:
Keep checking the internet and news sources about the Watchtower Society. I predict you're going to hear more and more horror stories of confused, deranged Witnesses doing unthinkable things.
They have to because in their insular, deceived world there's NO WAY OUT and, no matter how many predictions they make that fail or how many times their doctrines change, or how the brothers are treated, it does not matter, because the ORGANIZATION can never be wrong!