Nicole Kidman Supports Psychiatry

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman has spoken out in defense of psychiatry, months
after her ex-husband Tom Cruise publicly denounced the medical practice.

During an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show in June, Cruise
blasted both psychology and psychiatry and slammed actress Brooke Shields‘ use
of therapy and anti-depressant drugs to fight post-partum depression following
the birth of her first child.

Cruise said, “I’ve never agreed with psychiatry, ever. Before I was a
Scientologist I never agreed with psychiatry. And when I started studying the
history of psychiatry, I understood more and more why I didn’t believe in

After researching her role as psychiatrist for her next movie The Visiting,
Kidman is a full supporter of the benefits of psychiatry. She says, “I have a father who is a psychologist, so my life has been

“Yeah, of course [psychiatry is worthwhile]. I think all sorts of things do,
in terms of Buddhism, in terms of therapy. I think people choose things that
they need that are going to help them. And obviously, I’ve seen my father do
some magnificent work.”

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