This is an important insight. I haven’t formally studied the data on mass murderers, but I do follow the trail to learn if they are on or are recently off psych meds. My informal research suggests that psych medications are a risk factor in mass murders. That leads to making a distinction between the mentally ill and those prescribed psychiatric medication. As was written in MIA a while ago, when a psychiatrist says, “You have a chemical imbalance in your brain,” what they actually mean is, “Your brain is perfectly normal, but I can change that.” In my professional practice as a psychologist, I neither diagnose nor treat mental illness. People come to me with an intention for what they want in their lives and name what stands in the way. The emotional health symptoms are very real – depression, anxiety, mania, psychosis, and so on. I work with a person for them to discover “who” is their symptom. It’s an entirely different paradigm from the standard model. Most of my clients find their symptoms resolve in 1-3 sessions spread out over 3 months. The most difficult symptom to treat are the side-effects of psych meds, because it can take a very long time for the brain to fully recover from their toxicity. I do not work with acute mania and psychosis. If instead of drugging people with depression, anxiety and lack of healthy connection to their lives, we had an emotional health support system that looked at the root causes – what Robert calls the societal failure – the whole landscape would change. As it stands, emotionally healthy, inspired and awakened individuals are what society can least afford.