Tom Cruise has criticized Hollywood pal Brooke Shields' "misguided" use of the anti-depressant Paxil, while declaring the actress' career as over.
In an interview with Billy Bush on the TV show Access Hollywood, to be screened on May 26, Cruise speaks of his disappointment to learn Shields used Paxil to fight post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan.
Shields is currently weaning herself off her medication so she and husband Chris Henchy can have another child.
Cruise, who claims to have helped people fight drug addictions through his controversial Scientology religion, says the Suddenly Susan actress should have used vitamins to help her feelings of despair.
Cruise says, "Here is a woman, and I care about Brooke Shields because I think she is an incredibly talented woman. You look at, where has her career gone?"
Despite the Minority Report actor's declaration her career is over, Shields is currently receiving rave reviews playing murderess Roxie Hart in the London theatre production of Chicago.
Cruise maintains, "These drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off.
"When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins. There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that.
"You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things."
Brooke Shields' reply is classic.
"Tom Cruise’s comments are irresponsible and dangerous,” she said. “[He] should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them.”
Speaking from personal experience, anti-depressants certainly create their own issues. My month on Paxil wasn't a happy one, as my Island friends who knew me at the time can confirm. But then again, a crippling depression that had dominated most of 1997 lifted with remarkable speed that September when I began taking Zoloft. The anti-psychiatric prejudices of Scientology--and, one notes, of Scientologists--are unfounded in reality.
One shouldn't expect sanity in a cult which holds the belief that evil aliens blew up people who had been thrown into volcanoes 65 million years ago with nuclear bombs. The Church's criminal activities, as described in Time in 1991, do suggest that Scientology isn't in contact with any ethical sense. While I can't endorse the approach of European countries towards Scientology--the strict regulation of the Church and its activities--I don't disagree with the underlying impulses.