Saturday, July 09, 2005

Shields blasts Cruise for 'rant'

"The drugs, along with weekly therapy sessions, are what saved me -- and my family," Shields said.

Actress Brooke Shields on Friday fired back at Tom Cruise after the actor criticized her for having revealed she had taken an antidepressant to cope with post-natal depression.

Shields called Cruise's comments "a disservice to mothers everywhere" in an opinion column for The New York Times.

"To suggest that I was wrong to take drugs to deal with my depression, and that instead I should have taken vitamins and exercised shows an utter lack of understanding about postpartum depression and childbirth in general," the actress wrote.

"If any good can come of Mr. Cruise's ridiculous rant, let's hope that it gives much-needed attention to a serious disease."

During interviews to promote his new film, "War of the Worlds," Cruise has discussed his skepticism of psychiatry to explain his belief in the teachings of the Church of Scientology, founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

In one such interview on NBC's "Today" show, he was asked about his recent criticism of Shields, a film and television star now appearing as Roxie Hart in the London staging of the musical "Chicago".

"Before I was a Scientologist, I never agreed with psychiatry," Cruise said. "And when I started studying the history of psychiatry, I understood more and more why I didn't believe in psychology. ... And I know that psychiatry is a pseudo science."

Disputing the effectiveness of antidepressants generally, Cruise said, "all it does is mask the problem." He added, "There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance."

Shields said her doctor prescribed Paxil for postpartum depression after she experienced extreme despair and had suicidal thoughts following the birth of her daughter, Rowan Francis, in the spring of 2003.

"I wasn't thrilled to be taking drugs. In fact, I prematurely stopped taking them and had a relapse that almost led me to drive my car into a wall with Rowan in the backseat. But the drugs, along with weekly therapy sessions, are what saved me -- and my family," she said.


Blogger One Small Voice said...

It needs to be said that the lady in question came off drugs that are known to increase suicidality (in their own right, NOT because of a 'relapse') when withdrawn abruptly.

ABRUPT WITHDRAWAL CAN BE MEDICALLY HAZARDOUS. I don't expect for one minute that she was warned of this danger or was even aware of it. Believing she was having a relapse (as her statement indicates she did believe) she would quite naturally go back on the drug in question, but for the wrong reason. She needed to go back on to alleviate drug induced akathisia and suicidality and hopefully she eventually tapered off the drug slowly and successfully.

Thank goodness Tom Cruise has the courage to speak out for the sake of other people who, when they take notice of his message, will research for themselves and perhaps not then become more statistics in the catalogue of suicides and homicides that have followed the trend of prescribing psychotropic to the masses.

Tom Cruise is a scientologist (I am not) and this seems to be the 'reason' that people distrust what he says, but much of the evidence that supports his view on drugs (the evidence from which he takes his view) is from experts who are NOT scientologists. Psychiatrists, pharmacologists, professors, neurologists and reluctantly (when hidden evidence is uncovered by others) from the pharmaceutical industry itself.

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