Tom Cruise on Ritalin?

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  1. Bill_Lingle

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    Any thoughts on what Tom Cruise said about children being prescribed Ritalin? You can watch the clip on nbc.com and through Today shows page. He makes some valid points, but I think there are cases where the opposite could be said also. Just wondering what you all were thinking? :)
     
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    I think he should stick to acting.
     
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    I'll pray that his own children are never in need of Ritalin or any psychiatric drugs. It sounds doubtful that he'd consider that avenue of treatment.
     
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    I have to say in the past few months he has proved that he is nuts.
     
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    Ditto to all of the above! LOL :D

    ...and he needs to re-hire his old publicist! She knew what she was doing by keeping him quiet!
     
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    I agree with everyone. Tom seems to be going a bit crazy lately.
     
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    As a person with a degree in Psychology and a teacher who has worked with many children that have been on ritalin and adderal I can't believe his comments! haha...He keeps repeating how he "knows the history of Psychiatry" but I think all he really did was show his ignorance. All that is is a celebrity saying "eenie meenie mynie mo" (sp? haha) and picking a cause to argue about when he really doesn't really know what he's talking about.
     
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    He does bring up very valid points and I have admired him for taking a stand that others may be too afraid to take. BUT, I am just really sick of seeing his face all over the news lately with Katie Holmes. There is more news coverage of them than the war of Iraq. The other thing that is making me ill is seeing him get frustrated over stupid things. Some guy was starting a prank tv show, posed as a reporter, and squirted Tom with a water microphone. He got all bent out of shape and took it SOOOOOOO seriously. Yes, I would be a little peeved, but I wouldn't have blown it out of proportion like he did. He needs to calm his butt down. I haven't seen his "episode" with Matt Lauer yet, but I would like to watch it. I am willing to bet that he ripped Matt a new one for no reason as well. I like what he is advocating, but he needs to lighten up.

    .......I give Katie and him a year, if that. Come on, they have only been together a couple months and they are both seriously involved in Hollywood. It wont last.
     
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    I believe that medications can be overprescribed and misused, but too much of anything is never a good thing. He feels that psychology is a "pseudo-science" and should never be used whether you're being prescribed medication or not. Even if you don't agree with meds, I can't imagine someone thinking that speaking to a counselor (psychologist, psychiatrist) does no good for people. Sometimes just having that person to talk to and help you work things out is helpful.
     
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    I agree. People need other people.
     
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    I second that opinion!
     
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    He should have to come in a classroom or a psych ward and use his magic powers on these people and see just how long it would take him to change his mind. My wildchild I had last year finally got put on meds. She wasn't perfect by no means but you could sure tell when mom didn't give it to her!! BIG TIME!!!!

    Lori
     
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    Oh it can definitely make a huge difference when used properly!
     
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    Exactly. I think the sad part about the whole thing is that a lot of people reallyl ook up to him, and it would be really sad if parents whose kids are in need of the drugs or other interventions refuse because of some of the things Tom has said... I can SO see that happening... what a disservice to those kids, and their teachers!

    The whole point is there's not one thing that helps everyone... some people benefit from meds, others don't... but you can't say it's "all bunk" or whatever when it DOES work for lots of people, just because you individually happen to disagree with their use.
     
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    Oh boy, here we go again :rolleyes: . I'm not going to get started in this debate again. It's the same thread only with a different title. I think I'll stay clear of this heated topic for fear I will get tomatoes thrown at me ;) .
     
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    Jen- tell the girls about those reusable maxi pads! That will make 'em forget the meds/no meds debate!

    Tom Cruise acts like he's taking Crank. What happens to these older celebrities? Jane Fonda was on Larry King and she sounded so spacey. I caught a few seconds of Farrah's show on Nick at Nite and she sounds like a space cadet.
     
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    Maybe they're all taking that new "fountain of youth" medication and that's one of the side affects (you know everything has side affects, right ;) ). Farrah IS "out there" man. Was she always that wierd?

    Oh guys, there are these reusable maxi pads out on the market! You should take a look. It'll make you laugh! What's that website Beck?
     
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    Celebrities mouth off all the time as if they are renowned specialists on the topic de jour. I think Tom Cruise graduated high school (maybe) but he surely doesn't have a degree in pharmacology or psychiatry. Yes these drugs may be overprescribed by some doctors but as teachers on 'the front lines', we all have seen the difference made in children who really need it! And to criticize parents/teachers/children who have seen success due to medical interventions and to Brooke Shields who he really cut apart- well it's just downright RUDE, BOORISH behavior. I hope Miss Holmes is very happy.....
     
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    I have never understood why people look to celebrities for opinions on these kinds of issues. After all, they are famous for acting. Sure I'd ask their opinion on how to get into character, how to get emotions to show on screen if they aren't really feeling them etc, but to ask about medical issues, psychological issues, etc? Never made sense to me.
     
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    I read an interview where John Travolta's wife said that their Scientology adviser/poobah/whatever told her the birthing process of her children had to be done in silence. I don't normally knock anyone for how they believe, but most Scientologists I've ever heard of are celebrities and they come off like they know it all.

    I read about Cruise's interview with Matt Lauer and he sounded like a rude idiot. This is all for attention.
     
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    For anyone interested, here's the link for those reusable santary napkins.
    It's not a joke. Someone is selling these.

    http://www.gladrags.com/
     
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    Oh let's get a celebrity to endorse these!! :eek:
     
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    What would you do if you were out to dinner or something and you had to change it? Where would you put the used one? Hum!
     
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    organic to the extream!

    All I have to say on the "new" pads is ewwww yuck, thats taking the organic thing way to far! And going back to the dark ages at the same time! :eek:
    On the Tom Cruise thing, he used to be one of my favorite "sexy" actors, now I am loosing interest in him with all the publicity and extreme comments about how no one should take medications and how all medications are poison, Every one of my kids have had to take a medication at some point, for a heart condition, leukemia, and so forth, we had confidence in the doctors that prescribed them. With out medications we would all be dead by age 40! (or there about). I do believe that some medications are over prescribed, and some aren't tested for side effects for a long enough time. Viagra comes to mind, with its new blindness factor.
    Any way I thought I would give my 2 cents worth on the topic and side topic.
     
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    They announced today that Viagra does not cause blindness. The few people who got it while taking it probably got it from the medical condition that caused the need for the drug in the first place. :eek:
     
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    but you have to admit it gives a whole new meaning to "if you don't stop it you'll go blind"....

    :cool:
     
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    I was never a Tom Cruise fan. He's too in love with himself to ever be able to love anyone else, and it shows and overcomes any minor acting ability he might have once had. Plus he's a barking moonbat.

    A little Ritalin might help.

    He's also very, very, very SHORT. You're short, and you're stupid, Tom. Please shut up.

    He uses and discards people. Some day, it will backfire on him and he will get exactly what he deserves.

    Tom, you're short. Stop trying to distract yourself from that knowledge by saying moronic things in public. Short man.

    Mwahahahahahaha. . . . . .

    Barking moonbat.
     
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    I second you on that Lori....That's why he's an actor & not a teacher!!!!

    Ladies, if we actually think about it how many celebs spend "a lot" of time with their own children with all the traveling, schedules and what not. I mean with all the kids pr people, stylists, nannies, tutors.
     
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    ABall, I know exactly what you mean. My cousin wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for some experimental drug she was given when she was 4. She had T-cell lymphnoma. I wont debate the whole "head medicine" thing because I have said enough in another post. I put those in a different category, however, if my child was dying in front of my eyes and the only choice I had besides praying endlessly was to put him on some sort of medication, the choice is a no brainer! I would rather die first than to see my child die. Jane, you're too funny :p .
     
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    Oh, Jane, tell us what you really think!
     
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    Well i'd quote the parts of Jane's post that most made me laugh but I'd have to quote it all ;)

    However I have to say, someone actually poked their head in my office when I had a burst of laughter at "barking moonbat"

    Gotta love it ;)
     
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    !!!!
    It has made me seriously wonder if he himself has stopped taking medication. No amount of being in love could explain his recent odd acts and incredibly inflaming statements--such as what he said about Brooke Shields (that she didn't need medication to recover from post-partum issues). I think it's all too coincidental that he is discussing how medications are unnecessary and then acting out of character.
     
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    I'm not sure why reusuable "gladrags" (tacky name) popped up into the conversation, but I think one could liken them to cloth diapers. Gross, but a responsible alternative to the "norm". An adult could at least plan ahead and change at convenient times. Yeah it's nasty but I think that landfills are infinitely more nasty. Disposable diapers are an incredible biohazard. I wonder how long it will be before American children must run around and play in landfills like the children in third world countries? We are a rich nation, but maybe there will come a time when we won't be able to ship our trash away. But this is one for another thread. I just couldn't help myself.
     
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    It was a joke.
     
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    I love to say "barking moonbat." It's clean but very satisfactorially descriptive.
     
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    Jane, you are just too funny. I was laughing out loud while reading your post. Barking moonbat! Tom IS short, he is obviously on some medication himself, and he is trying to compensate for his imbecile tendencies by calling attention to another issue on which he knows absolutely nothing. Having been a nurse for 20 years, I know that meds are absolutely essential at times, when prescribed appropriately. How dare Tom Cruise criticize Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants! She could have been one of those moms we hear about that killed her child and herself because she needed medication. As a teacher, I know that the kids that need meds, need 'em. Tom, get down off of your soap box, (OR better yet, the soapbox adds a little height) and STOP talking about subjects in which you are NOT an expert!
     
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    I think those of us who appreciate antidepressants the most know someone who was suicidal before taking them.

    As for Tom, I haven't thought much of him since he left Nicole. But now I'm wondering if she is the one who left him! He is using his sister as his publicist now, which is why all this is coming out. His old publicist kept the wraps on the real Tom.
     
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    First...as a vertically challenged person...it's ain't his height! Actually it probably is, he obviously suffers from Rottweiller syndrome (He thinks he is a big man...and that he's pretty while he does it). The last thing I like him in was Top Gun. He is just strange.
    Here's another CNN link on him.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/06/27/film.cruise.reut/
     
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    and it has those hard consonants, which, after all, are what we are looking for in an epithet ;)
     
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