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Psychiatric Problems in Ex-Members of Word of Life

Psychological Manipulation and Society: cults, cult groups, new religious movements

Cultic Studies Journal
Psychological Manipulation and Society
Vol. 9, No. 1, 1992

Psychiatric Problems in Ex-Members of Word of Life

Gudrun Swartling, O.T.
Academic Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden
Per G. Swartling, M.D.
Tierps Hospital, Tierp, Sweden

Abstract
Severe and often long-term psychiatric problems have been recognized in former students of the Word of Life Bible School. Almost half of the 43 individuals interviewed had experienced psychosis-like symptoms, and one out of four had attempted suicide. Anxiety, feelings of guilt, and emotional disorders were common. Knowledge of the Bible movement is essential in order to understand the crises of these patients.

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