May 26, 2021 at 9:55 am

MISSD’s New Ad Campaign Hits the Streets

Travelers during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend may learn a new word to save lives: Akathisia. MISSD’s latest billboard ad campaign in West Virginia straightforwardly shares akathisia info. Read the full release at

May 20, 2021 at 4:49 pm

Spotlighting Akathisia During Mental Health Awareness Month

“Many suicide prevention and mental health organizations fail to explain or even mention akathisia,” said Wendy Dolin, MISSD founder. Drug ads that end with warnings about an increased risk of suicidality also don’t mention it is related to akathisia. Such dangerous silence is unacceptable given that keeping akathisia in the dark increases the likelihood that this critical adverse drug effect is overlooked, misdiagnosed, or mistreated.”


May 18, 2021 at 7:38 am

New Website Aims to Help Reduce Antidepressant Harms

Katinka Newman, a BBC producer and author of “The Pill that Steals Lives,” has a new website aimed to help people understand and better recognize antidepressant harms including withdrawal, akathisia and serotonin toxicity. It also shares the lived experiences of those whose lives were adversely impacted by these adverse drug effects.


May 4, 2021 at 5:32 am

New Study Spotlights SSRI Withdrawal Challenges

Cochrane researchers found that most studies of antidepressant withdrawal “were unable to distinguish between a genuine relapse of depression and withdrawal from the tablets.”

Akathisia can be one component of post antidepressant withdrawal syndrome and consumers “might experience disturbing feelings, tell their GP they don’t feel well enough to stop the medication and get another script. This pattern can continue for years and even decades.”

“Prof van Driel said long-term usage of antidepressants should be avoided wherever possible, with the medication linked to a range of adverse consequences. Weight gain, emotional numbing, sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbance and gastrointestinal bleeding are among the side effects.”