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    Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own Risk

    Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own Risk
    Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    Mental health blogger Liz Spikol over at The Trouble with Spikol returned from vacation with a great post this morning about Tom Cruise's departure from Paramount. Mr. Cruise has been an outspoken opponent of psychopharmacology and has slandered depression treatment and psychiatry in favor of his own beliefs. Paramount announced the end of their 14-year partnership, reportedly telling the Wall Street Journal: "As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal. His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."

    Last year, Cruise publicly denounced Brooke Shields's use of medication to treat her post-partum depression. He then went on the show Today, and proceeded to lecture host Matt Lauer about mental health issues, telling him: "Here's the problem. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do." (He's also been involved in something of a bizarre relationship, but that is neither here nor there.)

    The reactions to this incident were swift and resounding, and now it appears that Paramount has grown tired of trying to promote movies around Cruise's personal vendetta against psychiatry and mental health medications. As Spikol points out, for those of us concerned with issues in mental health and the stigma attached to depression and other diseases, this move should serve as a friendly reminder of how far we've come. Paramount has shown that criticism of psychiatry and treatments that use medications. As Spikol says, "The pendulum is swinging in a different direction now."

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own R

    They're playing it up on the telly, that he's been fired because of how open he is in his beliefs in Scientology. (which I guess has something to do with his beliefs about psychiatry) but that is bad news for paramount if the media is taking the 'religion' slant. Could turn out badly for them in the long run.

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own Risk

    That's crap. He's not been dumped because of his religious beliefs. He's been dumped for taking up time on his War of the Worlds promotion tour to insult and offend millions of people who happen to have different beliefs. He might as well have jumped up on the couch and made anti-Semitic remarks.

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own Risk

    Hi Doc,
    Your not a Tom Cruise fan are you? LOL
    Just in CASE ONE WEBSITE IS http://www.waroftheworlds.com/
    KOOL MUSIC!! REALLY DOC!!

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own R

    lol am i allowed to post this link? www.tomcruiseisnuts.com (yeah i'm not too impressed with him, can you tell?)

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own Risk

    You are certainly allowed to post that, BBC. I think he's an arrogant and ignorant egotist, personally.
    Last edited by Holly; August 26th, 2006 at 07:22 PM. Reason: using words that are not nice!

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own Risk

    Just for Doc

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own R

    Watch it David, or he'll sue you!

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own Risk

    maybe david could invite cruise onto these boards for a debate.... now that!! would be something!!!

    cruise must have thought he could continue to cruise along with no consequences cause he a star!! this must be a right kick up the **** for him and he deserves no less!!

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    Re: Cruise Learns the Hard Way, Stigmatize Psychiatry and Mental Health at Your Own Risk

    Heh. The opportunity to debate with Tom Cruise, who has the intellect of your average soapstone, isn't exactly an invitiation to the event of the century. The man is incredibly stupid. I don't know how he's gotten anyone to even care what he has to say. Personally, I find him worth studiously ignoring, and that's about it.

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