Directed by: Arthur Ginsberg
Country: USA; Effed Up American Movies
Genres: Documentary, Short, Old-Young, Misery-Depressing-Mental Illness, Domestic Abuse, Childhood
Clinical psychologist, Dr. Ken Magid, speaks with Beth Thomas, a young girl diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), having suffered extreme abuse when she was a 1-year-old kid. Beth was later adopted, but started harming animals and her younger brother by the time she was six.
Here, she talks seemingly casually about wanting to kill people and abuse her brother. Beth eventually survived and her childhood as an adopted kid was turned into a TV movie in 1992.
While it’s mostly a half hour of despair, it also is a quiet reminder that for every selfish person willing to harm and create a potential monster, there are also people who put their personal lives on the line to try and help those who seem beyond redemption.