But a lot of loser-loner crazies are not rational enough to even understand this, much less act on along these lines.
The only time we notice this whole problem is when one of these "unorganized" loners breaks out and kills a bunch of people. And, yes, even some small groups can become infected with this "Lonersism" disease. Witness "Jones Town" and other situations where a small group acts out in the same way a single loner acts out.
The reality is that the line between unusual behavior and someone being a true threat is murky, which is the very reason why the heavy oppressive hand of government is the least suitable entity to make that kind of judgment. Also, even though the government is dominant, it doesn't have the draconian power it would need to control or "help" these kinds of people. For example, It doesn't, (thank God) have that many options to detain people who exhibit disturbing behavior, but have not committed a crime. We citizens fear to give government that kind of power, as it has led in the past to concentration camps, ala Nazism, and Gulags, ala Socialism and Communism.
Often these border-line nuts will have brushes with the law that do not rise to the level to set off alarm bells for authorities. The "authorities" in the first place are unsuitable to dealing with the sorts of people-problems that families, churches, employers and other were designed to deal with, but which now they can't due to the government tying their hands.
Mental health "experts" have these intellectually comfortable diagnoses such as schizophrenia, psychosis, sociopathic or bipolar disorders that they bureaucratically pigeon-hole people into, because by and large they are not suitable to handle these people either. Sure, they have studied the subject, and are knowledgeable about that, but they have NO proper relationship with the actual person that would allow them to be of much help, and again, even they are restricted in their dealings with the patients, again by fear of government dominance over everything. As a result, their hands are tied also. So that leaves the raw power of government with badges and guns to deal with our suffering people. Not a very effective tool, unless some sort of mass lock-up or extermination is the final solution plan. And that thinking bodes ill for all our freedoms, and the very existence of civilization and humanity.
"Possible signs of psychosis can include keeping to oneself, avoiding social interaction, having odd interests and beliefs, for example, in UFOs, reading the future, and other displays of losing touch with reality," said one well known psychiatrist from a major University. If that is the best that the government-psychiatric complex can come up with as diagnosis and treatment, it is pitiful. So now, we are to conclude that everyone who is interested in UFOs should be locked up in a camp somewhere and "treated and cured" by the government, and hired government psychiatrists. Dr Mengele perhaps?
A normal society presupposes a Family and other non-governmental structures that have realistic authority over its members. That authority, along with the authority of churches, employers and others have traditionally taken responsibility for our people and cared for them. Problem is, this former system has been systematically dismantled over the last 75 years or so, (to profit some special interest groups, while impoverishing most of us) and now barely exists.
A teenager who is mentally at risk feels very lonely and alienated and worried that they're going crazy. This state may not make the person look so different from the outside, but from the inside experience of the individual, it's a very different situation.
Such symptoms do not mean they'll surely progress to violence, and other disorders, but they do play a role, and shifts in behavior can be sudden and extreme. The family, church, employer and other such non-governmental institutions have been proven over thousands of years to be best at treating these persons. While experience has shown, over and over, that the government, including the quasi-governmental institutional psychiatric industry are the least suitable to handle this sort of thing.
When someone's behavior spirals out of control, the family and other non-governmental institutions have to determine whether it's eccentricity or something severe, AND apply treatment. But families, churches and employers, etc., fearing government retribution, will often dismiss these calls for help as a "phase," or utter some other non-responsive reaction, because they fear to be involved at all.
For families and friends, churches and employers it's important to engage the problem rather than avoid it, but they fear and dread governmental retribution if they do "get involved." Thus, the government effectively interposes itself in-between the person at risk, and his non-governmental interfacers.