However, like all those speaking outside of their area of expertise (such as: rock stars on politics and Charles Kennedy on any subject you care to name), Cruise runs the same risk as anyone of making stupid statements. Cruise has decided to take on psychiatry saying “Psychiatry is a pseudo science”.
Now, there are criticisms to be made of psychiatry, and of the drugs used for the treatment of depression. However, some people do benefit from them. Cruise in unimpressed:
“She [Brooke Shields] doesn’t understand the history of psychiatry. She doesn’t understand in the same way that you don’t understand it, Matt.
“You don’t know the history of psychiatry. I do,” he added.
When Lauer said he had known people who had been helped by anti-depressants, Cruise accused him of irresponsibly advocating drugs about which he knew little on national television.
“Just knowing people who are on Ritalin isn’t enough. You should be a little more responsible,” he said.
Brooke Shields suffered from severe postpartum depression and has come back at Cruise for his comments:
â€œTom Cruiseâ€™s comments are irresponsible and dangerous. Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them.â€
She has also offered Cruise a two for one ticket offer. Postpartum depression may be a subject that Cruise may understandly have some difficulty emphasising with, but given his self-acknowledged expertise in the field of psychiatry, he should have perhaps pointed out that Ritalin (methylphenidate) is not an anti-depressant, but a central stimulant. Its main use is in hyperactivity disorders in children. Use in depression is confined to augmenting the effect of standard anti-depressants (and I’m not convinced that occurs all that often).
But most of all the sight of Cruise calling psychiatry a pseudoscience when he himself adheres to L Ron Hubbard’s Scientology, as do other celebs, is hilarious. Here’s Scott Burgess’s round-up of Scientology’s central beliefs, from which you can glean this fantastic insight in the rationalism of Scientology:
earth was originally populated by souls, or “thetans” that were brought from another galaxy, 75 million years ago, by a space overlord called Xenu (or Xemu). These “thetans” were frozen in alcohol and glycol and released on earth, but the evil Xenu was imprisoned in a volcano in the Canary Islands, where he remains to this day.
What can you take to treat that?