May 26, 2022 at 10:56 am

Adverse Drug Effects and Mental Health Awareness Month

“During Mental Health Awareness Month, we hear suicide prevention and mental health organizations promoting pharmaceutical products as treatments while staying silent about adverse drug effects that can harm our mental wellbeing,” said Wendy Dolin, MISSD founder.

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May 20, 2022 at 6:53 am

NHS Stats Reflect 41% Increase in Prescribing Antidepressants to Children ages 5-12

The Pharmaceutical Journal reports that NHS data shows there’s been a 41% increase in the number of children aged 5–12 years who were prescribed antidepressants in the last six years. Yet withdrawal problems including akathisia are seldom discussed prior to prescription.

Kristen Shukla, a child psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS, states, “The difficulties with withdrawing from these drugs has only more recently been acknowledged. There is a very high risk that children who start taking these drugs when very young will continue taking them for many years and into adulthood.” Read the full article at

May 10, 2022 at 1:30 pm

Tune in to our Latest Akathisia Stories Podcast

Geraldine and Cindy discuss her late father’s prescribed harm. Louis was given drugs marketed as antidepressants and later prescribed Seroquel off-label. He soon grew increasingly anxious and developed classic symptoms of akathisia that were not accurately diagnosed and treated. He paced, rocked back and forth, and remarked on his new and worsening symptoms. Louis eventually ended his akathisia suffering by ending his life. Listen and learn at

May 6, 2022 at 7:41 am

As DSM Diagnosis Expands, More People are Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs–and Often Not Warned of Serious Side Effects

The overprescribing of psychiatric drugs is a growing health problem that puts people at risk of permanent harm. One out of six Americans are now prescribed psych drugs, often without warning of drug dependency and critical risks to include akathisia.

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