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Open Letter to Tom Cruise

Regarding your comments about Brooke Shields and her use of anti-depressants for her Postpartum Depression (that they are "dangerous" and she should use vitamins instead), you know not of what you speak.

Until you have had a child yourself and experienced the very real and very frightening feelings of postpartum depression, I believe you have no say in the matter. You do have kids, but they were adopted; therefore, no hormonal shifts in your formerly beloved "Nikki."

PPD is horrifying to anyone experiencing it. And to finally admit that the woman needs help is an act of bravery beyond words. To accept medications for something that people like you believe is "all in the mind," well, I honor those women who choose life instead of dying the slow and dark death of depression.

You, Mr. Cruise, might consider learning a bit more about PPD... the clinical side... before making comments such as yours. Damaging, dangerous comments that might sway other women who were finding their way to help and healing through medications... sway them deeper into their personal abyss.

And, Mr. Cruise, let's hope you or your children never need any sort of medication for diabetes or high blood pressure or Parkinson's Disease or, God forbid, depression. You will find that each pill you eventually swallow to save your life a bitter pill indeed.

Reader Comments (3)

Very well said!

June 17, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

Thank you!!! Someone needed to say it. Tom you know not of what you speak! As usual you are so eloquent and such an incredible advocate for women.

June 17, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterWendi

I emphatically agree with you about post-partum depression. Our doula group had a mom die of post-partum psychosis. She was being treated, she had psychiatric care and doula care, but she killed herself. An illness like hers is similar to kidney disease. You are sick and sometimes our society and our doctors can not cure it and the patient dies. It is rare, but very sad.

I also take issue with Tom Cruise's ideas about how birth should be silent. It irritates me that people listen to him when he is clueless about how birth works or how post-partum works.

My own views are in my book: "Doulas' Guide to Birthing Your Way", published by Hale this year.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa Bailey

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