Monday, June 27, 2005

Docs: Cruise Has A Bad Case of "Nutty Nutball-itis"

Maybe everyone is getting tired of all the Cruise-mania of late. But not me! I can't get enough! And now CNN is reporting that the nation's psychiatrists are justly up in arms over Tom Cruise's crazy talk about psychiatry:
The American Psychiatric Association on Monday sharply criticized actor Tom Cruise for televised remarks in which he called psychiatry a "pseudo science" and disputed the value of antidepressant drugs.

"It is irresponsible for Mr. Cruise to use his movie publicity tour to promote his own ideological views and deter people with mental illness from getting the care they need," APA President Dr. Steven Sharfstein said in a statement.

During interviews promoting his latest film, "War of the Worlds," Cruise has discussed his deep 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 last Friday on NBC's "Today" show, Cruise was asked about his recent criticism of actress Brooke Shields for revealing that she had taken the antidepressant Paxil to cope with postpartum depression.

"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."...

The rebuke from the APA, which represents nearly 36,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, challenged Cruise's assertion that psychiatry lacks scientific merit.

"Rigorous, published, peer-reviewed research clearly demonstrates that treatment (of mental illness) works," the APA statement said. "It is unfortunate that in the face of this remarkable scientific and clinical progress that a small number of individuals and groups persist in questioning its legitimacy."

Funny, I just noticed that Cruise uses "psychiatry" interchangably with "psychology" in his Matt Lauer interview/verbal slugfest, and there is a difference, Mr. Expert on All Things Brain-Related, I'll have you know.

From Psych Central, I offer up a little refresher course to The Cruise Missile:
Psychiatrists are medical doctors and may prescribe drugs. Psychology is the broader study of behaviour and thought processes not just in the context of mental health. Clinical psychologists specialize in mental health and have extensive training in therapy and psychological testing. They do not usually prescribe drugs.

So there, Mr. I Know Everything About Everything Because I'm A Level OT VII, or whatever the hell it's called. Get your facts straight, you kook!

What I am most interested in seeing is whether or not all this quackery on the part of the T-man is going to have any effect on the success of the "War of the Worlds" and on his career in general. Probably not on the movie, since it's by Spielberg and lots of stuff gets blown up and whatnot, but this the Beginning of the End for T.C.? Will his vise-like grip on superstardom end in mockery, shame, and humiliation? Will he have nothing to fall back on but his "religion" (and, uh, his millions of dollars)? Ooooh, let's wait and see!

Check out a funny Star Wars-related "Cruise Attacks Oprah" animated gif at Chepo's delightful site.

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Not that there's anything wrong with Scientologists, oh no! (Just in case any of 'em out there are monitoring this page and are contemplating sending "anti-suppressors" to have me "taken out." ) I want to live, dammit! LIIIIIIIVE!

I'm getting just the teensiest paranoid about these people. They scare the crap out of me! They are taking over the world. Chick Corea! Greta Van Susteren! Kirstie Alley!

Kirstie Alley!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

… as for Brooke Shields:

Brooke, you are an idiot and a hypocrite.

According to PEOPLE Magazine, she said:

"I agree with him (Tom) about his feeling on prescribing drugs to kids. We are in accord …I don't think Ritalin should be prescribed to kids. Postpartum depression is a different matter. I think I'm more qualified to talk about that (than he is.)

Brooke, what the hell do you know about Ritalin Dr. Shields?