The cure has been found! And by actor Tom Cruise, no less. Tom tells us that all we need to get through postpartum mood disorders is vitamins – see here for the story from the New York Daily News. Well I’ll be! If only I had known.

"These [antidepressant] drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off," Cruise maintains to Bush. "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."

I realize, of course, that people are entitled to their opinions. And I try to respect that certain religions approach illnesses and medical treatment differently. However, I shudder to think that Mr. Cruise’s comments could lead women to avoid taking prescriptions that may be necessary for recovery, as prescribed by doctors and psychiatrists experienced in treating postpartum mood disorders. Not every woman needs anti-depressant drugs. I did. And if I hadn’t taken them, I can’t begin to imagine where I’d be right now. In fact, I might not be here at all.

Additionally, shame on him for criticizing Brooke Shields publicly. She bared all to share her experience with other women and deserves the utmost in respect for that.

If you’d like to share your feelings with Tom, you can send a letter to him care of his agents at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Kevin Huvane and Rick Nicita:

9830 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1825

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