I am always amazed at how much credibility some people get on any subject they wish to discuss just because they are good at their chosen profession. Take actors, for instance. Take Tom Cruise specifically.
Over the last couple months, Cruise has been the ooh and aah of everyone in TV, or so it seems. His new beau. His newest movie. Her latest movie. His proposal at the Eiffel Tower.
It started with acting like a school boy on Oprah. And then the lead story on Entertainment Tonight every night. Recently on the Today Show, Cruise was acting like a first semester pre-med college student, confident he already knows it all.
Enough already. Since the Michael Jackson's acquittal, we have been on Cruise control.
It's the Today interview that really bugs me. Cruise, who might know acting, is confident that he knows Psychiatry and Psychology. He calls it "pseudo science". Of course , Tommy Boy is focused on, using his words, "drugs and psychological abuses of electric shocking people … against their will, of drugging children… and (the fact that) Ritalin is a street drug." The reasoning: "There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance." All right, let's get one thing clear. Two or more half truths does not make one truthful.
Let's take an informal poll: How many of Mr. Moo's readers have had electric shock treatment? I see one hoof. Forget the cattle prod. Hoof went down. OK, how many have bought Ritalin on the street? There's one from a college campus. (It's better than caffeine I've been told.) That's a minority as well.
Now it is true that a very few parents have been getting their kids on Ritalin so they can take it themselves for the buzz or sell them. But condemn the use of drug because of a few folks misusing the prescription makes no sense. Most common sense parents would have their kids on no drugs if they had the choice. Thank you for that "amen".
Cruise (with his mail order MD) disagrees with use of Antidepressants. He claims that people deserve a "higher and better quality of life." Antidepressants "are not the answer" and are "very dangerous" and "mind altering". All right, enough with the self-proclaimed expert.
Side bar - Definition of an expert: "x" is the unknown quantity and "spert" is a drip under pressure so would that make Cruise an unknown drip under pressure?
My biggest concern is that somewhere out in TV land someone who is struggling with life and feels uncontrollable depression heard Cruise's expert advice and will not seek medical treatment. That is sad. Maybe the warning label should be on Cruise as well as the drugs.