BROOKE SHIELDS' war of words with TOM CRUISE has taken another twist after the SUDDENLY SUSAN actress slammed Cruise's recent rant against psychotherapy and anti-depressant medication on US TV show TODAY.Cruise, who is a devotee of L RON HUBBARD's Scientology religion, lashed out Shields in an interview last month (JUN05) for condoning the use of drugs she used to help overcome post-partum depression.But Shields is determined to have the final word - and she is even thankful to Cruise for increasing public knowledge about the debilitating mental illness.Shields tells the New York Times, "I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Mr Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression."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."If any good can come of Mr Cruise's ridiculous rant, let's hope that it gives much-needed attention to a serious disease."


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