April 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Don’t Miss the MISSD Gala

Let’s make this year’s fundraising gala the biggest ever and enjoy the sites in the “windy city.”



April 22, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Drug Withdrawal Can Cause Akathisia Symptoms

A British report finds 56% of people who try to come off drugs marketed as antidepressants suffer withdrawal effects, and 46% of those having withdrawal effects describe them as severe. Withdrawal effects include suicidality, dizziness and agitation, all of which can also be signs of withdrawal akathisia. To learn more about withdrawal akathisia, take Akathisia 101 at MISSD.LearnUpon.com
For more info about the drug withdrawal study, see: www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/apr/22/antidepressants-is-there-a-better-way-to-quit-them?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR3KZKXKVyfJb4TAVr-iX6j1V2D35cDn9MwIGn4LwwgMcqIO5CIBHxtaKUs
April 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Dolin vs. GSK Heads to Supreme Court

Dolin’s attorneys are asking the high court to toss out the decision of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals which overturned the Chicago jury’s verdict that determined Paxil maker, GSK, was liable for Stewart Dolin’s suffering and death.

See: https://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/512440183-scotus-weighs-competing-briefs-in-widow-s-appeal-in-case-vs-gsk-over-suicide-of-lawyer-taking-generic-paxil

April 10, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Challenges of Getting off Psych Drugs

The New Yorker has an informative article regarding the adverse withdrawal effects many consumers experience when trying to discontinue psych drugs. MISSD is pleased to see this important topic gaining public attention.
See: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/the-challenge-of-going-off-psychiatric-drugs
April 8, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Actress Warns Of Adverse Drug Effects

“I kept having panic attacks, which I had never had before…I know with perfect certainty that this was solely because of Tamiflu,” said actress Erin Foster. “If my doctor had warned me this was a potential side effect I would have known what was happening. And there are teenagers who actually did kill themselves on it.”

For more info, visit https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2019/04/04/erin-foster-says-she-had-suicidal-thoughts-after-taking-tamiflu/23706412/

April 4, 2019 at 3:59 pm

Breastfeeding Moms Need Accurate Drug Info

Evidenced-based medicine is lacking solid info regarding breast milk and moms who are taking prescription drugs states a recent New England Journal of Medicine article.
For more info, see: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-04-03/is-that-medication-safe-when-breastfeeding



April 2, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Medication Overload Increases Risks

Polypharmacy has reached epidemic proportions according to the Lown Institute’s recent report. Nearly 20 percent of older adults take ten drugs or more and in the next 10 years more than 150,000 premature deaths will occur due to adverse drug effects.
For more info, see: https://lowninstitute.org/medication-overload-how-the-drive-to-prescribe-is-harming-older-americans/
March 29, 2019 at 2:58 pm

Exploring the Role of Nutrition on Mental Health

An interesting article in the New York Times regarding the effects food and nutrition may have on anxiety and depression.
For more info, see: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/well/eat/food-mood-depression-anxiety-nutrition-psychiatry.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Health
March 28, 2019 at 3:34 pm

Words Matter

The unexpected death of a loved one causes profound grief. Choosing the right words can help survivors during the grief process.
For more info, see: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mental-health-language-committed-suicide_l_5aeb53ffe4b0ab5c3d6344ab?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003
March 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

Antibiotics and the Elderly

The elderly are increasingly being prescribed antibiotics that can negatively impact mental health. “One of the most common problems for older adults are changes in mental status — getting anxious, getting loopy,” says Dr. Sara Cosgrove, medical director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Adult Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.
For more info, see: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/health/antibiotics-elderly-risks.html?action=click&module=Discovery&pgtype=Homepage