How the Jehovah’s Witness Cult Creates Mental Illness

Carrie Huggins
9 min readAug 23, 2023

TW: child sexual abuse, narcissistic abuse, religious abuse

The 2023 issue of the Watchtower magazine, the Jehovah’s Witness (JW) cult’s primary propaganda tool, has mental health as a theme.

What a sick joke.

The Joker would laugh at this irony, but I can’t. Because having been raised in this pessimistic, fundamentalist doomsday cult, I’ve seen the mental health of so many people harmed by the JW doctrine and way of life.

I’m not a mental health expert by any means, but a number who are have documented that JWs have several times the rate of mental illness compared to the general population. I’m not shocked by this at all. I’ll attempt to explain why this is so.

The Jehovah’s Witness cult both attracts people with mental illness and a family history of narcissistic abuse and, in my opinion, creates narcissists. The YouTube channel Millstone Research has created several videos explaining how this is so. If you have time, I highly recommend watching.

If you’ve exited the JW cult, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But for the unfamiliar, who think the nice-looking, clean-cut people who knock on your door on a Saturday morning are annoying but harmless, read on.

Jehovah’s Witnesses implant phobias into their members.

Implanting phobias is textbook. It’s Cult 101. JWs are taught to fear “the world”, believing it’s lying in Satan’s power…