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A Dangerous Son (2018)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 7 May 2018 (USA)
Documentary following three families each coping with a child affected by serious emotional or mental illness. The families explore treatment opportunities and grapple with the struggle of living with their child's condition.

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Liz Garbus

Writer:

Jenny Raskin (Story Consultant)
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Credited cast:
Tony Beliz Tony Beliz ... Himself (as Dr. Tony Beliz)
Creigh Deeds Creigh Deeds ... Himself
Thomas Insel Thomas Insel ... Himself (as Dr. Thomas Insel)
Liza Long Liza Long ... Herself
Maria Martinez Maria Martinez ... Herself
Andrew Solomon Andrew Solomon ... Himself
Brian Tallant Brian Tallant ... Himself
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Documentary following three families each coping with a child affected by serious emotional or mental illness. The families explore treatment opportunities and grapple with the struggle of living with their child's condition.

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USA

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English

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7 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Forget The 1 Star Reviews, This Is Important
9 May 2018 | by neener3707See all my reviews

Forget these other reviews that yell about child abuse and sensationalism, this was a very disturbing look at the most innocent victims of America's failed mental health system, children. In the 1920's, America had 30,000 mental hospitals, now we have 13. I'm serious. This film shows the aspects of children under our broken system. A system where children are either forgotten, or are put on medication that either doesn't work, or makes things worse. It shows the sadness of parents who are simply told by psychologists that they don't know how to help. As a person who grew up in the 90's, during a time when kids were force-fed ADHD medications, so in my reputable opinion, this film accurately portrays the calamity of parents and kids in this sad situation.

While the film portrays things well, I feel like it didn't push hard enough. There are some serious question about the roles of parents and psychiatrists in the mental deterioration of our defenseless child. While it appears most psychologists put their hands up in the air and say "I don't know" while at the same time deliberately prescribing medications that will either make things worse, or do nothing at all. At the same time, proper guidance is not given to parents on how to deal with it correctly. So while its portrayed, it doesn't go far enough to ask why and ask what can be done, at least not as much as most HBO documentaries. So while this is a tough watch, but an important one.


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