So I am still affected by JWism, although I am recovering. It's been about 3 years. I am getting better. Will I ever be "normal", probably not.
Here's another perspective. We all live our lives in a personally constructed story that explains (to ourselves) why the world we live in, is the way it is. The writing of our own story is dependent on the verbal and written views of the world told to us, or accessed by us, as we grow up. The JW story is a clear example, whether we had it inculcated by parents and congregation as we grew up, or whether we accessed it ourselves as adults.
The story of the dead young man, who I mentioned in my previous post in this thread, is similar He hung out at a radical mosque in Melbourne, and started to live his life in harmony with the radical stories he learned at the mosque.
As Jws we were no different to the young man. We also believed a story, and started to live within the story. We may have (if faced with the need) have chosen to continue to live in the story, and to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion. Not so different to the young Muslim man who chose death by a violent confrontation with the police.
This past week. I've been reading some of the extant writings of Ignatius of Antioch. (Bishop of Antioch circa 110 CE). Arrested in 110 CE, he was sent to Rome to face trial and execution. Suffering from a religious delusion that he was on the way to meet God in heaven, he clearly started writing new chapters in his personal story - chapters that other early Christians started to include in their own life stories.
Ignatius, the young Muslim, and our personal Jw stories are so similar.