April 7, 2020 at 4:18 pm

Risk-Free Ways to Manage Stress

The current coronavirus pandemic has created increased stress for many people around the globe. Medpage offers some ways to manage stress during challenging times. Read them at: https://www.healthecareers.com/medpage/article/healthcare-news/managing-the-stress-around-covid-19?utm_source=medpagetoday&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mpt-career-news-physicians-managing-covid-19-stress

April 3, 2020 at 1:46 pm

Natural Ways to Manage Stress During Abnormal Times

Experts provide tips to help reduce anxiety and the sense of feeling out of control during the coronavirus pandemic. These include “practices of mindfulness and meditation that have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and when practiced regularly, can help you feel more in control of your own state.”

Read the full article at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/how-to-look-after-your-mental-health-during-a-pandemic#What-can-employers-do?

March 26, 2020 at 8:56 am

Mayo Clinic Warns: Drug Touted by Trump as Corona Cure will Claim Lives

“We thought it was critical to make people aware how to navigate through and around the sudden cardiac drug risk that does exist with these medications,” said Mayo Clinic professor of cardiovascular medicine Dr. Michael Ackerman, “and that’s why Mayo Clinic urgently assembled this special article.”

Further limiting its potential for population-wide use, the drug can “cause suicidal thoughts, emotional instability and nightmares, effects consistent with the side effect known as akathisia.”

Read the full article at https://www.postbulletin.com/life/health/mayo-warns-drug-touted-by-trump-as-covid–cure/article_78e0d526-6efa-11ea-a503-e3b5c2c69d56.html

March 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Insomnia as an Adverse Drug Effect

Today is “World Sleep Day” and a good time to remind consumers that many commonly-prescribed medications can cause insomnia. Insomnia can be a symptom of akathisia and other serious drug-induced disorders that can impair cognitive functioning and alter behaviors.

Read the full article at https://www.nationaljewish.org/conditions/insomnia/causes/medicines-that-can-cause-insomnia

March 12, 2020 at 7:21 pm

Withdrawal Problems and Drugs Marketed as Antidepressants

“One reason so many people may be on antidepressants is that they are hard to get off of! Stopping such medications suddenly can lead to unpleasant symptoms that go away if the person starts taking the medicine again. Nervousness, anxiety, sensations like electric shocks, dizziness, confusion, insomnia and bouts of unprovoked crying can be hard to handle.”

Read the full article at https://www.journalnow.com/lifestyles/home-garden/more-than-million-americans-take-antidepressants-authors-say/article_36f2f74b-e268-5731-bdc0-d92a036d2cd4.html

March 6, 2020 at 2:59 pm

FDA Puts Black Box Suicidality Warning on Asthma Drug, Singulair

The FDA determined the “risks of treatment from Singulair outweigh the benefits in certain patients, particularly those with mild symptoms that can be adequately treated with alternative therapies.”

“As reports of suicide and other adverse events continued, the FDA evaluated available data on the risk for neuropsychiatric events, including from reports submitted through the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System and published observational studies. “

Get the full story at https://www.healio.com/pulmonology/asthma/news/online/%7Bc7fabfc2-e3c5-4d8d-9156-807181fdfa55%7D/fda-requires-boxed-warning-for-montelukast

March 4, 2020 at 2:06 pm

Take the Free Course Anytime, Anywhere

Akathisia 101 is open to all–consumers, caregivers, health and safety professionals, etc. Here are a few comments from clinicians who completed MISSD’s free course available at MISSD.LearnUpon.com

“I work in a community mental health setting and I plan to email my colleagues this information so we all can be better informed.”

“I feel much more competent in supporting my clients as a result of taking this course. I work primarily with veterans struggling to cope with PTSD.”

“Heard about it at RCPSYCH congress in June-excellent resource that I will share with colleagues.”

March 2, 2020 at 3:34 pm

A Veteran’s Call for Action

An open letter written to the VA by US veteran, Derek Blumke, highlights adverse drug effects, informed consent problems and the need for meaningful actions to reduce iatrogenic harm and avoidable deaths among veterans.

Read the letter at:


February 27, 2020 at 1:58 pm

UK Tapering Strips May Help Reduce the Adverse Effects of SSRI Withdrawal

“In 2018, 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written and the number had almost doubled since 2008, according to NHS England.

Yet, four in five patients said they had not been warned of potential side-effects, found mental health charity Mind who conducted a poll of 12,000 people.”

Tapering strips may help those who are struggling to withdraw from these drugs. Read the full story here: https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/25/mums-entire-body-shakes-violently-coming-off-anti-depressants-fast-12301906/?ito=cbshare&fbclid=IwAR3nv4fnx28GRaIWB5ejR0nNAP8Qs7sj4OVLzy00XUROPWAdFW9x7A_mIaM

February 24, 2020 at 10:56 am

Study Confirms Drug Withdrawal is an Adverse Effect of Antidepressants

Another research study warns that long term use of drugs marketed as antidepressants (SSRIs) “increases patients’ risk of developing antidepressant discontinuation syndrome.” Yet many prescribers and consumers remain unaware that these symptoms are signs of adverse drug effects to include withdrawal akathisia.

Read the full article here: https://www.sciencealert.com/antidepressants-can-cause-withdrawal-like-symptoms-that-make-getting-off-them-harder