December 1, 2018 at 4:12 pm

MISSD Board Member Interviewed at Twin Cities Film Fest

Kim Witzack, a national drug safety advocate and MISSD board member, is interviewed by Douglas Sidney as part of the Twin Cities Film Fest Insider Screening. Kim is also the founder of, an informative public health website dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Woody, who died an akathisia-induced death. See

November 30, 2018 at 11:33 am

MISSD Cosponsors Shining a Light Event

If you’re in the Chicago area this month, please join MISSD, Jewish Child & Family Services and No Shame on U for an evening of critical conversation about suicide prevention and grief support. This free event is open to all and will be held on Wednesday, December 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Beth Hillel B’nai Emunah Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL.

Michael Fine is the keynote speaker and our discussion panel includes community members who have lost loved ones to suicide and akathisia-induced death. To register for “Suicide in the Jewish Community: Shining a Light in the Darkness,” please visit:

November 30, 2018 at 11:23 am

Using Poetry to Describe Akathisia

Some akathisia sufferers use poetry as a creative outlet to communicate the inner restlessness of akathisia. J.A.’s poem describes akathisia as “a feeling of terror, panic, fear, as if you LIVE in a horror movie,” while Marci’s poem describes “feelings of lightening bolts bursting.”

November 29, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Report Shows US Life Expectancy Declines

CDC States Many Deaths are Preventable

MISSD is concerned that the US life expectancy has declined, but remains hopeful that increased public attention regarding prescription-drug-induced disorders can help reduce preventable deaths in the future.


November 24, 2018 at 3:30 pm

World’s Largest Employee Assistance Program Learns About Akathisia

MISSD is thankful for many opportunities this year to increase akathisia awareness. Our recent ComPsych presentation at the social work department in Chicago was well received. ComPsych provides services to more the 45,000 organizations reaching more than 100 million people in the US and 160 additional countries.

November 3, 2018 at 8:00 am

MISSD is Recognized for Akathisia Awareness

New train signage, accredited course and informative video help put akathisia on the public health map

See Washington Psychiatric Society news at

October 30, 2018 at 6:15 am

Founder of MISSD Honored for Excellence in Advocacy

International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) Presents Wendy Dolin with Special Achievement Award

“The ISEPP Special Achievement award is intended for a professional or non-professional who has made a significant specific contribution to challenging the conventional mental health system,” said Dr. Chuck Ruby, ISEPP Executive Director. “Dolin’s advocacy and devotion to her husband’s memory is inspiring and warrants the receipt of ISEPP’s Special Achievement Award.”

2018 ISEPP Citation

Wendy Dolin is a therapist and activist who founded MISSD, which is an acronym for Medication Induced Suicide in Memory of Stewart Dolin. Stewart was Wendy’s husband of 36 years and a successful senior member of the international defense firm, Reed Smith in Chicago. In July 2010, one week after being prescribed paroxetine for work stress, Stewart’s life ended when he jumped in front of an oncoming train. This started Wendy’s painful search for an answer and her mission to educate the community about medication-induced suicide.

She discovered that the drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, had been concealing the suicide risks associated with paroxetine and so launched a lawsuit. In March 2017, a jury concluded that the drug manufacturer failed to warn about the suicide risk and awarded Wendy $3 million in damages. However, an appeals court recently overturned the ruling. Wendy will be petitioning the Supreme Court of the United States to review the case.

October 12, 2018 at 6:46 pm

MISSD Video Premieres at Chicago Gala

Turnout at last night’s MISSD annual gala was the largest ever. Special thanks goes out to hundreds of attendees and to all whose continued support helps make MISSD public education programs possible. Check out our new video focused on better identifying some outward signs of akathisia.

October 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm

BBC On Antidepressant Withdrawal

A second article from the BBC, regarding antidepressant withdrawal.

October 3, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Antidepressant Withdrawal

New article out of the UK, regarding the danger associated with antidepressant withdrawal.