September 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

MISSD at Out of the Darkness Walk 2015

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September 19, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Landmark Analysis of an Infamous Medical Study Points Out the Challenges of Research Oversight – The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://m.chronicle.com/article/Landmark-Analysis-of-an/233179

 

September 19, 2015 at 1:25 pm

This Really Common Antidepressant Could Cause Life-Threatening Side Effects

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/news/a46421/new-study-finds-a-common-antidepressant-has-a-life-threatening-side-effect/

 

September 17, 2015 at 11:15 am

Antidepressant Paxil Is Unsafe for Teenagers, New Analysis Says

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/health/antidepressant-paxil-is-unsafe-for-teenagers-new-analysis-says.html?referrer=&_r=0

 

 

September 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Prescription Pills are Britain’s Third Biggest Killer

This article in today’s Daily Mail UK describes the dangers of psychiatric drugs. There are over 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs written a year in UK alone, making these drugs the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.

Wendy Dolin (Founder) and Kim Witczak (Advisor) have been invited to share their personal family experience with anti-depressants at a conference this week in Copenhagen organized by author of this article, Dr. Peter Gotzsche of the Cochrane Collaboration. Dr. Gotzsche just wrote a new book titled, “Deadly Psychiatry And Organised Denial” and is featured in this article.

**MISSD is not anti-drug, but this article does discuss the dangers of medication-induced suicide.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3234334/Prescription-pills-Britain-s-biggest-killer-effects-drugs-taken-insomnia-anxiety-kill-thousands-doctors-hand-like-Smarties.html

August 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

ANNUAL MISSD FUNDRAISING EVENT

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July 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Medication-Induced Psychosis in the Elderly – A Personal Story

The mission of MISSD is to raise awareness about medication-induced suicides and akathisia. Departing slightly, but in conjunction with drug induced reactions, I want to share a personal story regarding my 94 1/2-year-old mother.  My mother,  who has age-related dementia, was prescribed Ritalin to help increase her appetite.  Six days after starting Ritalin she had a complete break from reality-she experienced auditory and visual hallucinations, and a sensation of bugs crawling on her arms.  She experienced many symptoms of akathisia, including aggressiveness, restlessness, agitation, insomnia, irritability and hostility. Once physical issues were ruled out, she was sent to a geriatric psychiatric ward for detox. Gratefully, after two weeks and a readjustment of meds, I am happy to report that she is back to her usual self.  This experience broadened my perspective that we have to be aware of these reactions in all age groups and be vigilant when anyone stops or starts a new medication.

 

 

~Wendy Dolin

Founder of MISSD

July 2, 2015 at 3:15 am

‘Neurontin Killed Our Husbands, We Believe’

Think akathisia can only happen to those taking antidepressants or other psychotropic medications? Unfortunately it’s time to widen our scope–akathisia can occur from other medications as well. Two doctors’ wives are now speaking out, six years after their husbands both took their lives while taking Neurontin, or Gabapentin, and suffering from akathisia. Neither the doctors nor their wives realized what was provoking personality changes and erratic behavior in their husbands, until it was too late. Both were taking the drug for back pain, an off-label use. Like MISSD, they are now trying to spread the word so others can be spared the same pain.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martha-rosenberg/pfizer-neurontin-suicide_b_875603.html

 

June 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm

PharmedOut Conference 2015

Wendy Dolin (Founder) and Kim Witczak (Advisor to Board of MISSD Directors) attended PharmedOut’s 5th Conference: The Real Risk of RX Drugs June 11-12, 2015, at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC. PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing and educates healthcare professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices and current topics of importance in the medical field.

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June 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

MISSD at Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute Conference

Such great thought-provoking discussions yesterday at the Naomi Ruth Cohen Conference as we provided information and raised awareness about possible side effects of medications and shared our knowledge about akathisia with others. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet such amazing professionals who were eager to hear what we had to say and become involved in our organization!

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