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In his assessment of the Clinical and Diagnostic Issues of Cultism, Dr. Perlando noted that unusual psychopathological complications resulted from Cult Indoctrinee Syndrome. In some of the extreme cases, cult members developed personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, anxiety, and more.

Those born and raised in cults were at risk of Schizoid Personality Disorder, and developed a pattern of indifference to social relationships with limited ranges of emotional expression and experience. Those with this disorder rarely feel as though anything is wrong with them, though they struggle to form meaningful relationships with others.

Many who escape suffer post-traumatic stress disorders. Some develop memory deficits, unable to recall even the most unforgettable periods of time. Like war veterans experience the after-effects from trauma in the battlefield, former cult members suffer trauma from their experience in the group. While their "battlefield" may not have been physical, the traumatic experience of the war that raged in the mind can have similar effect.

One of the most overlooked symptoms of Cult Indoctrinee Syndrome, however, has little to do with war and much to do with peace. Dr. Perlando noted that former cult victims often suffered from anxiety induced by relaxation. Having been trained to focus on group doctrine during times of relaxation, absence of that focus can be very stressful. As a result, many former members pressure themselves to stay busy, even to the point of both physical and mental exhaustion.

Former members who developed these disorders must learn to control the symptoms, while being careful to learn which ones require professional assistance. Mild forms of these symptoms can often be treated healthy adjustments to lifestyle, but severe symptoms require counselling and sometimes medication. As survivors, former member must determine which battles to fight, and which to find help fighting.