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American Psychiatric Association Criticizes Tom Cruise over Drug Comments

Jun 28, 2005 | 11:52am EDT

Tom Cruise has been further criticized for slamming the consumption of drugs used to treat depression during a recent TV interview--by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The mental health organization has accused the War of the Worlds star of behaving irresponsibly for labeling anti-depressant drugs a "pseudo science" during a chat with TV newsman Matt Lauer on the Today show last week.

In a statement, the APA says: "It was irresponsible for Mr. Cruise to use his movie publicity tour to promote his own ideological views... (and) deter people with mental illness from getting the help they need.

"Rigorous, published, peer-reviewed research clearly demonstrates that treatment (of mental illness) works.

"It is unfortunate that in the face of this remarkable scientific and clinical progress that a small number of individuals and groups persist in questioning its legitimacy."

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