What Actually Happened to Beth 'Child of Rage' Thomas?
We may have issues throughout our entire lives. But imagine a child going through a horrific and abusive past who ended up being harmful to other people, is it fair to assume that they will live their whole life being miserable or a threat to our safety? All we can do is help them move on from their pain and suffering by having an open mind. That question led me to look up for the case of this little girl who once experienced the same fate.
Can you still remember the "CHILD OF RAGE"? It is one of the most shocking and quite disturbing documentaries ever made for television. Beth Thomas is the subject of the said documentary.
Child of Rage aired in 1989. The film is based on the true story of Beth Thomas, who suffered from RAD ( Reactive Attachment Disorder) as a result of sexual abuse. The film was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. - WikipediI can't forget this documentary because it shows how frightening it can be to see how an Innocent Child resort in to such ill behavior towards other people and animals without them feeling any sense of guilt or conscience.
Beth Thomas is suffering from Reactive Attachment Disorder, Here's the description of that disorder:
WIKIPEDIA - Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is described in clinical literature as a severe and relatively uncommon disorder that can affect children. RAD is characterized by markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate ways of relating socially in most contexts. It can take the form of a persistent failure to initiate or respond to most social interactions in a developmentally appropriate way—known as the "inhibited form"—or can present itself as indiscriminate sociability such as excessive familiarity with relative strangers—known as the "disinhibited form".
The core feature is severely inappropriate social relating by affected children. This can manifest itself in two ways:
Indiscriminate and excessive attempts to receive comfort and affection from any available adult, even relative strangers (older children and adolescents may also aim attempts at peers).
Extreme reluctance to initiate or accept comfort and affection, even from familiar adults, especially when distressed
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Back to the documentary, We get to see a normal-looking family startin to look for Psychological hep for their adopted daughter who seemed to display inappropriate behavior, violence and hostility towards the people around her.
Here are the disturbing behaviors that Beth is showing;
- Violent acts (such as killing a clutch of baby birds and attacking her brother while he sleeps)
- Tearing her room apart.
- Stabbing the family dog with a needle.
- Fondling her grandfather.
- Beth cuts a classmate with a shard of glass.
- Beth being vocal to her thoughts of killing her parents.
Her adopted parents got alarmed by this behaviors and went through a series of therapies to help beth cope up with her tragic past (It was revealed then that Beth is a victim of Sexual Abuse growing up that led her to have RAD)
The Thomas Family struggled towards Beth's rehabilitation but eventually Beth shows signs of improvement.
Decades have passed and that got some people asking how Beth Thomas is doing right after her therapy.
Fortunately, Attachment Therapy worked on her and she recovered from her disturbing past.
Beth Thomas, RN, BSN, is the adopted daughter of Attachment Therapy proponent Nancy Thomas. Ms Thomas is the only independent adult survivor of Attachment Therapy/Parenting to speak well of Attachment Therapy. She currently works with Nancy Thomas and her company Families by Design in promoting Attachment Therapy and its parenting methods through lectures and materials sales. - ChildrenInTherpy.org
Yes, Beth turned out to live a normal life. Beth is now a RN (Registered Nurse) at a hospital in Flagstaff. She is working on the Neonatal Unit.
Just goes to show that there's always hope in every psychological disorders with ever-supportive family and competent therapies.