I recall a reading on PBS or NPR of the Miller trip up the mountain from contemporary accounts. It was horrific. People lost all. There was a sick frenzy of expectation, terror in small children. When there was no rapture, hopes were dashed. People were ruined financially and emotionally. I don't think the Wt pushes dates per se but instills fear in people.
My mom knew people in her childhood who gathered on a mountain in the NY area. Close Witness friends gave away their assets, rejoicing in the imminent arrival of Armageddon. They had to walk off the mountain in disappointment. The strange thing I find unbelievable is that Russell continued to have followers. I heard with my own ears the 1975 prediction for the first public time at Yankee Stadium. People gasped at the announcement. Freddie Franz delivered the talk. Eve's menstruation was a major factor in his calculations. He told us we had to keep it a secret from the world for a while. Now I am a lawyer. It is possible he never committed the human race to wanton destruction. It was so clear that every Witness heard 1975 the same way I did at the time. They never said boo to moderate our hope. I had no hope, only terror.
I suffered severe pain for years and ended up with severe depression. Antidepressants work on pain, separation from depression issues. I explained the family involvement casually in one or two sentences several Times. My announcement always halted the proceedings. They wanted to clarify several times that it was not my present belief. After I responded no way, ever, they said they treated some Witnesses and had hatred for the religion and thought it caused much harm. Others said they could not treat me if I believed JW dogma.
The therapist bothers me a bit. His website is bland and generic. JW is awfully specific. Why not cults in general? I suspect he is a JW. Again, I stagger at the thought of any therapist being a JW.