September 29, 2023 at 11:16 am

Weight Loss and Diabetes Drugs Scrutinized Due to Reports of Suicidal Thoughts

“More than half of the narrative summaries describe suicidal thoughts appearing shortly after the person started the medicine or increased the dose.” About two-fifths said symptoms ceased after they stopped taking the drug or lowered the dose.

Read the full article at Dawn Heidlebaugh (below) felt trapped in a disturbing pattern while taking Ozempic, the popular drug used to treat diabetes and obesity.

September 26, 2023 at 12:41 pm

Akathisia: In Their Own Words

People suffering from akathisia often report new and/or worsening feelings of anxiety & agitation. Some describe skin crawling & tingling sensations. Others note they never felt suicidal until akathisia. Our video shares some reflections:

September 20, 2023 at 10:54 am

Today Is International Akathisia Awareness Day

MISSD created this global day of observance in 2016 to increase understanding & patient safety.

“Educating healthcare consumers, professionals, & caregivers about the dangers of akathisia can save lives.” –Wendy Dolin, MISSD Founder

Please see our release and help others be better informed:

September 12, 2023 at 12:42 pm

Pharma’s Opioid Marketing Shared Tactics with Its Depression Pill Promotion

Purdue turned Oxy “into a billion-dollar blockbuster by launching the biggest-ever pharmaceutical marketing campaign” and never warned consumers about drug dependency and critical risks. Similarly, SSRI consumers were never warned of drug dependency and the increased risk of medication-induced death.

Read the full article at

September 11, 2023 at 11:48 am

Our Free Akathisia 101 Course Can Save Lives

“This course is so important for mental health workers and educators. It should be required learning.”

— MISSD course completer

Our accredited online akathisia course is available to all. Take it at

September 10, 2023 at 9:43 am

Akathisia is a Suicide Risk Factor All Should Know

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and MISSD is proud to have produced the first–and only–public health video that includes akathisia as a suicide risk factor. Many medications–even when taken as directed or discontinued–can cause self-harm, violence, and suicide. Be informed.

September 9, 2023 at 10:16 am

Akathisia: In Their Own Words

Our third public health video shares the first-hand experiences of family members who unknowingly witnessed a loved one suffering from akathisia. Knowing the causes and symptoms of akathisia can reduce suffering and save lives. Please see and share.

September 8, 2023 at 12:15 pm

Suicide Prevention Programs Should Promote Awareness of Adverse Drug Effects that can Cause Suicide

Mental health nonprofits and suicide prevention programs that refuse to educate the public about medication-induced self-harm, violence, and suicide are likely supported by pharma. MISSD isn’t.

Our 2nd public health video, released four years ago, helps people understand what akathisia symptoms can look like. See and share at

September 7, 2023 at 10:33 am

See and Share Our Free Educational Resources

National Suicide Prevention Week starts on Sunday, but MISSD’s free educational resources are available anywhere, anytime, every day of the year. Akathisia awareness saves lives. Please see and share our public health videos. This one was our first of many.

What is Akathisia?
September 5, 2023 at 12:22 pm

Benzo Withdrawal in the News

We’re glad to see this Washington Post article increase awareness of benzo withdrawal. Few doctors know that symptoms can be long-lasting, including withdrawal akathisia and delirium.

“But many physicians fail to follow the guidelines. One reason is that doctors typically don’t learn much, if anything, about the drugs in medical school, Lembke says.”

Read the full article at