Striking a nerve...  

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
5791 posts
7/1/2005 9:10 pm

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Striking a nerve...

mnfun952's blog about boycotting Tom Cruise's latest movie, War of the Worlds, due to his remarks about mental health and mental illness issues spurred my response as follows:

I am involved with NAMI... National Alliance for Mental Illness... as such, I find Tom Cruises' remarks a little distasteful. While I don't believe that medication is needed in every circumstance (and some people may actually abuse their medications), I do know that, for some folks, the medications do provide that much needed chemical balance...such as the antibodies that are needed and provided through antibiotics when one is ill. Sometimes, these medications are needed for a lifetime; sometimes, just in a temporary measure to get through a period of time of depression or post-birth as Brooke Shields is so eloquently speaking out about now.

It sounds like Tom could use some education by NAMI and he might have a differing viewpoint.

Even so, I do not think that I would boycott his film War of the Worlds b/c of my difference of opinion with him. War of the Worlds??? Come on, folks!!! I have been dying to see this movie...

However, I would probably be in line to send him a letter expressing my disgust for his distasteful words. His giddiness over Kate Holmes is great, but I don't think that he should be so immature as to think that medications is useless in the treatment of any MH/MI issue.

Of course... that is only my opinion!!!


I have been fortunate enough to have not needed to use medications as a way of my life, but I have been close and dear to those who have had to. In some instances, true enough, it is more about diet and exercise rather than medications, but there are people who can only "expect recovery" (one of NAMI's motos) through proper medication.

Everyone, right or wrong, has an opinion though -- right???

What is your opinion????

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/2/2005 3:43 pm

ProtonicMan - You are right. It has been so very stigmatized... and shouldn't ever be. I am glad it has helped you out as well.

redswallow777 - Exactly!

redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
7/2/2005 2:54 pm

Although I shy away from most drugs because I think they are over used here in the USA I think he is deluded to think there is not a need for these drugs. I too have friends whose lives would be sadly different were it not for the drugs they use to treat their mental illness.

ProtonicMan 48M

7/2/2005 12:44 pm

I don't follow much of the media stuff, so I hadn't heard about Tom Cruise's comments. Some of my "spiritual" meanderings of late have brought me to the understanding that sometimes you "can't get there from here." It is impossible for someone to go from depression to bliss; the jump is just too far.

It is a total shame that mental health is so stigmatized in the U.S. I have known several people have suffered from bipolar disorder or depression. Their lives have been improved tremendously by use of antidepressants. Sometimes people just need a little help to get back to a state where they can deal. Some people can continue to function normally and happily afterward, but others need the help. Medication is nothing to be ashamed of, if it is used properly. It has worked wonders for me.


rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/2/2005 8:25 am

freetime648 - Thanks.

artistforexploit - Ooohh.. I am the first in line in playing advocate, speaking up for rights, and giving my 2 cents worth on any subject matter that is dear to my heart. I have also been known to go down the the Capitol Hill a time or two, at least.

artistforexploit 60M

7/2/2005 2:41 am

Tom Cruise, the gerbil boy? How many failed marriages? Someone actually listens to him? Who cares?
I'm amazed at the fact that people put so much importance in tabloid reporting. What matters is your opinion on issues you feel strongly about & that you get involved with, so roll up your sleeves and do something good for your world.

freetime648 52F

7/2/2005 12:26 am

Amen txrose,my sentiments exactly. I had written about that subject also and we are definitely on the same page!!!!!!

xx FREETIME648 xx

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