January 15, 2021 at 6:53 am

200K and Counting

More than 200K people have viewed our two akathisia videos, and MISSD is pleased that a third akathisia video is now in production. Please see and share these public health videos to increase awareness and reduce akathisia-induced deaths.


January 13, 2021 at 8:05 am

Jimi Hendrix’s Final Days

Prescription sleeping pills, agitation, insomnia, facial swelling, and flu-like symptoms preceded Jimi Hendrix’s death, notes Tony Brown, author of Jimi Hendrix: The Final Days.

“Jimi doesn’t look particularly healthy in these photographs: his face seems a little puffy and on only a few of the pictures does he attempt to smile,” said Brown.

Hendrix, whose death in 1970 was not ruled a suicide, had been taking the prescription drug, Vesperax, for insomnia.

Read the full article at https://rare.us/people/jimi-hendrix-death/

January 11, 2021 at 4:04 pm

Some Antibiotics can Cause Psychiatric “Side Effects”

Some commonly prescribed antibiotics, including doxycycline, can cause suicidality and other psychiatric adverse effects but the patient information leaflets still lack carefully worded warnings that can better protect consumers and reduce avoidable suffering and deaths.

Read the full article at https://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/2021/01/07/news/how-some-antibiotics-may-trigger-mental-breakdowns-2177260/

January 4, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Akathisia in the News

It’s good to see akathisia in the news and also very important to note that akathisia can cause psychiatric symptoms. The presence of akathisia often leads “physicians to inappropriately increase agents such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)…”

The cause of akathisia must first be identified, and initial treatment must be directed at that cause. Read the full article at https://www.gilmorehealth.com/akathisia-latest-facts-risk-factors-symptoms-and-treatment/