So Tom Cruise’s little spat with Brooke Shield, apparently sparked by his criticism of her use of Paxil, got me wondering why, specifically, Scientologists are so critical of the use of prescription medicines and psychiatric treatment.
My speculation is that in the past a lot of people who entered Scientology met with familial resistance that took the form, among other things, of family members trying to force them into psychiatric treatment to rid them of their “delusional” belief in Scientology. (I have an opinion on the validity of Scientology, YMMV, but I’m trying to keep this a GQ).
So: do Scientologists hate “conventional” psychiatric treatments/the mental health “Establishment” more because:
They are commercial/doctrinal “rivals” in the marketplace for mental “clearing” services; or
Psychiatry has been used to treat belief in Scientology as a form of mental disorder, and has been employed in the service of “deprogramming” many individual Scientologists (I admit I’m surmising this, as I don’t have any statistics, but I suspect it’s reasonable to assume that many aggrieved family members have turned to the mental health professions for help in getting relatives to drop Scientology)?