The “Last Samurai” star has been blasting psychiatry, and reportedly said the profession should be “outlawed.” “I think [psychiatry] is an utter waste of time,” Cruise said, according to IMDB.com.
“There’s nothing scientific about it. Communication is a good thing, but I think people get more mentally out of having a good meal or going for a walk. I think psychiatry should be outlawed.”
“It’s like arguing that the earth is flat,” Dr. James Scully, the Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association, told The Scoop. “Psychiatry is a branch of medicine supported by substantial research. . . . Comments like that are absurd. . . . If someone is suffering and needs to get help, it would be a shame if they do not get the help that could help them because a celebrity says something.”
Would Dr. Scully welcome a dialogue with Cruise? “A dialogue? Yes. We’d welcome an open dialogue. A Scientology speech? No,” says Dr. Scully, referring to Cruise’s religion, which is opposed to psychiatry. “We don’t find discussions about Scientology useful.”