August 12, 2022 at 10:42 am

Pharma’s Akathisia Ad Promotes Product More than Awareness

Akathisia awareness and education are cornerstones of MISSD’s mission. While public health advertisements can help people be safer and better informed, it’s disappointing that Vanda Pharmaceuticals’ ad promotes their schizophrenia products and fails to mention that akathisia can be caused by hundreds of different drugs prescribed for non-mental health-related issues. Akathisia is a drug-induced disorder unrelated to schizophrenia and other DSM labels. See

August 6, 2022 at 9:57 am

When Prescriptions Harm You

This often happens when akathisia is missed or misdiagnosed: Doctors “may mistake adverse drug effects from the prescription as signs of diseases instead. Therefore, rather than stopping the medication, another prescription is added to the regimen, leading to a polypharmacy cascade.”

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August 4, 2022 at 12:56 pm

Issues with the 988 Hotline

Mental health advocates are concerned about the potential pitfalls of the new 988 hotline, which include learning to “separate mental health crisis responses from law enforcement.” MISSD notes that 988 call center staff should also be trained to inquire about prescription drugs and adverse drug effects that can cause suicidality.

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July 29, 2022 at 9:40 am

Stephen’s Voice Spotlights Prescribed Harm Awareness Day

Today is a day to remember our loved ones whose deaths were precipitated by adverse drug effects and raise awareness so that others can be safer. See

July 26, 2022 at 7:21 am

Akathisia Stories, Episode 16: What Happened to John?

In our latest episode of Akathisia Stories, Denise Collins eloquently discusses the out-of-character death of her husband, John, who died nine days after he was simultaneously prescribed an SSRI and sleeping pill by phone. Listen at

July 25, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Prescribed Harm Awareness Walks Spotlight Akathisia

Hats off to the Ireland-based Stephen’s Voice for this weekend’s successful Prescribed Harm Awareness walks held in several countries, including Ireland, England, Wales, South Africa, America, and Australia. MISSD and Stephen’s Voice share the common goal of increasing akathisia awareness and education.

The charity was founded after Stephen O’Neill died an akathisia-induced death in 2016. Stephen was prescribed sertraline, which is marketed in the US as Zoloft. See

July 21, 2022 at 10:04 am

Evidence Shows Depression is Not Caused By a Lack of Serotonin

Researchers at University College London have found that the widespread use of antidepressants is “not grounded in science” because depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance.

“The marketing of SSRIs, including Prozac in the 1980s, popularised the idea that depression was caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, although few experts now agree. Professor Joanna Moncrieff, a consultant psychiatrist who led the study, said this “false belief” had driven a dramatic increase in the prescription of SSRIs since the 1990s.”

SSRIs pose serious adverse drug effects, including akathisia which can lead to medication-induced suicide. Read the full article at

July 18, 2022 at 9:08 am

Will the New Suicide Prevention Hotline Ask the Right Questions?

Let’s hope the new suicide prevention hotline has properly trained counselors who ask questions about prescription drug use and adverse drug effects that can cause akathisia and suicidality.

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July 15, 2022 at 4:54 pm

Remembering Stewart Dolin

It’s been 12 years since Stewart Dolin’s akathisia-induced death. MISSD, which was created in memory of Stewart and other akathisia sufferers, has accomplished much and reached thousands of people since then.

Thank you to all of our supporters for helping us increase akathisia awareness and education. Together we are making a positive difference for others.

July 14, 2022 at 8:52 am

Gabapentin and Akathisia

Gabapentin can cause akathisia yet consumers are often never informed.

“I became more and more out of control. My whole personally—I’m very a sweet, nice person, and I got hostile.” Adams went back to her doctor who responded by increasing the drug. She later attempted suicide.

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