Friday, July 01, 2005

That's It! I Owe Brooke Shields a Lunch!

Today, in the OpEd section of the NY Times, our indefatigable Miss Shields wrote a smart, lucid piece in response to Tom Cruise's recent ravings against her. In it, she describes in a bit of detail what postpartum is, how it starts, and what it was like for her in the early days of motherhood, when she could not stand to hear, touch or even be near her baby daughter. She was bordering on suicidal, until she was finally diagnosed and put on therapeutic medication which began to alleviate her symptoms.

She chastises Cruise's open criticism of her, saying,"...comments like those made by Tom Cruise are a disservice to mothers everywhere. To suggest that I was wrong to take drugs to deal with my depression, and that instead I should have taken vitamins and exercised shows an utter lack of understanding about postpartum depression and childbirth in general."

It is a well-written column, and I urge you all to take a few minutes to read it. It demonstrates which of the two celebrities is the more sane -- the one who believes psychiatry to be a "pseudo-science," versus the one who utilitized it when necessary.

~C~

P.S. It also demonstrates which of the two celebrities never got a high school diploma, and which one graduated from Princeton with a major in French Literature and a minor in Italian. Princeton grad... high school dropout... Princeton grad... high school dropout.... Hmmmm....

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