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John Travolta says no to psychiatric medication

By CNN

NEW YORK (AP) -- John Travolta says his thinking is in line with fellow Scientologist Tom Cruise, who has publicly defended the religion's stance against psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry.


Cruise, during a famously heated debate on NBC's "Today" show in 2005, criticized Brooke Shields for taking anti-depression drugs and berated host Matt Lauer for suggesting that psychiatric treatment might help some patients.


"I don't disagree with anything Tom says," Travolta says in the July issue of W magazine, on newsstands Friday. "How would I have presented it? Maybe differently than how he did, but it doesn't matter. I still think that if you analyze most of the school shootings, it is not gun control. It is (psychotropic) drugs at the bottom of it."


"I don't want to create controversy; I just have an opinion on things, and there is nothing wrong with stating your opinion if you are asked," he continues. "Everyone wants that right, and because you are famous doesn't mean you have less of a right."


Travolta, who also talks of his habit of going to bed at 6 or 7 in the morning and waking in the early afternoon, says being famous has little impact on how he lives his life. Read More






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      Dianemlucas wrote Sep 27, 2008
    • I love John Travolta- as an actor. John Travolta is not a physician, nor does he have his doctorate in pharmacology. Mental illness is a medical condition. Period. I would not seek medical advice from anyone other than a person educated in medicine. He is entitled to his opinion, but God forbid that his child should become diagnosed with bipolar disorder or some other heartbreaking mental illness. It’s no different that diabetes. It is a chronic condition.



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      Peggy Grigowski wrote Apr 25, 2009
    • Wow! I am liscensed and have studied my profession for many years and I find many many faults with the meds and diagnosis that people in my profession hand out like candy with no regard for what the med can do to the person....

      You have to treat the person not the disease!! Everyone is different and everyone reacts differently. There are many helpful NATURAL remedies (or drugs if you like that word better) that can do for many people what phar. drugs cover up and or create more underlying issues either now or in your future.  

      I am not into his religion but I am certianly into my profession wake up sweety there are flaws and bad DRUGS and bad psychiatry is the biggest killer out there in todays world!  

      If one of my children were discovered to be bi-polar I would certianly educate myself on many different treatments before just accepting one person’s view point and I would most diffently go with ALL NATURAL before I would allow my child to be a guinea pig or just shoved to the side as 98% do!

      And most of the illness can be treated with cog. behavior rather than drugs! That is just lazy cousneling when people grab their script pads first and many do... cause it’s more cost effective and you can and you do get a kick back from the phar. companies.... yes I do know this to be true...

      I love my prefession and I love helping people but I also treat each person rather than their disease or issues.

      sorry, I just had to say my peace on the drug issue.



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      Alina Bartell wrote May 8, 2009
    • Thanks, CounselorPeg! That makes so much sense. I am so glad you wrote because it restores some confidence in counselors.  I think none of us wants to counter true medicine, my husband takes insulin, my son Remicade. But how many friends we have who went to the doctor and when confiding about metal blah or troubles get” try this..” “didn’t work? Try this...” with anti-depressants. The first thing should be to find somebody that is really (!) interested - what is going on in your life? let’s look! Once you are numbed by drugs, how are you going to think straight?



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      Allthingsnatural wrote Oct 11, 2009
    • I agree with John Travolta, although I do have my limits as to when it is time to see a doctor. I used to work in social work though and right off realized there was something wrong with the way the psychiatric field gives out meds & not just to adults, but children & some as young as 4. Yes, there are plenty of natural remedies out there and my view on medicine is that is should be the last resort to turn to. But anymore, it is the first and only thing to turn



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      Marya1961 wrote Apr 8, 2010
    • We are all entitled to our opinions..but honestly, I don’t necessarily agree with John Travolta and Tom Cruise way of thinking.  Everyone is different and while some may require certain meds for certain conditions, does not mean another will benefit from it..work closely with your doctor or specialist and come up with a plan that works best for you.



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      Tracy Lynn Brown wrote May 29, 2010
    • I adore John, im sorry. And i was on the drugs, and i dont want to step on toes. but it was a nightmare from start to finish.  But im not saying that therepy and medications are not needed.
      There are cases when they are im sure. and i think therepy with the right doctor can allways help. In my case i guess i never found the right one.
      and they took my personality away, i was a zombie. I was treated for aniexty, then they said i had depression(the drugs helped that i think).
      I still cant sleep at nite, so me and him have that in common, im usually up all nite, sleep like 5 hrs and im going again. ADHD grown up child.
      Everyone has a right to an view. I love do love him though



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