We could nearly eliminate the use of psych meds if we re-established the committed 2 parent home, and those parents took upon themselves the role of providing love, discipline, instruction, structure, wisdom, and sound diet and exercise in the home.
Meds are plan B because we refuse to do plan A. It won’t work.
My own father was paranoid and severely depressed, killed himself and thought about killing his children. He came from a stable loving home, old-fashioned food and work and discipline, with lots of stable, loving relatives in town.
I went to school with a boy who became more and more psychopathic; he was sent away at thirteen. He was adopted as a baby and as far as anyone knew his adoptive parents were doing the right things.
A woman I knew and her husband were killed by their schizophrenic son. They made a good stable home for their children; the other children turned out well. Everyone thought the son who went mad was a wonderful boy until the schizophrenia hit.
A child’s mental illness might be the cause of the disruption of the home rather than the result; perhaps that is what happened to the Lanza family.