September 16, 2022 at 2:32 pm

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September 14, 2022 at 3:08 pm

Zoloft and Death as a “Side Effect”

Zoloft, an SSRI sold by Pfizer pharmaceuticals, can cause akathisia & iatrogenic death even when taken as directed by people who were given the drug off-label and not for depression. Close monitoring of children and young adults (and really, consumers of all ages), is critical, especially “when the person starts the drug or takes a new dosage.” Read the full article at

September 12, 2022 at 8:50 am

988 Calls Increase, But Questions About Adverse Drug Effects Seem Missing

MISSD is concerned that 988 counselors are not trained to ask specific questions about prescription drugs and adverse drug effects such as akathisia that can cause suicidality and medication-induced death. HHS Secretary Becerra can change this to save more lives.

Read the full NPR article at

September 10, 2022 at 8:21 am

Akathisia Steals Lives

Akathisia can cause medication-induced death, but it can also cause years of lost life. This excellent article on Mad in America tells a story of prescribed harm that is all too common.

“At the end of that nine months, I was shocked to realize my anxiety, akathisia and suicidal thoughts were completely gone. I had never experienced these before psychotropics. I cannot begin to describe the utter shock I felt. I had just lost 20 years of my life and everyone and everything I held dear, including myself, due to psychiatric medicine. Why did doctors not see how drastically I changed and how rapid and brutal my descent was? Why did I not see?”

Read the full article at

September 8, 2022 at 12:43 pm

Issues with the new 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline

Suicide prevention hotlines should ask about medications callers may be taking or recently stopped. Some people “have voiced concerns & warned others about the possibility of a brush with law enforcement if they call 988.”

Akathisia is a prescription drug-induced disorder, not a mental disorder, and counselors should be trained to ascertain the difference. Read the full article at–KCc-D3X7JNV1iRnPkdrDnHMlNcwhGc3X2JRvsQZhumStR4My_s0czbjcw_GqO8Qd5sQYaTT9h7kPgtfn9NkGbKHk0xg&utm_content=225409864&utm_source=hs_email

September 4, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Otsuka’s New Drug Lists Akathisia as the Most Common “Side Effect”

A drug advertisement for the new product called Rexulti is marketed as an add-on drug to be taken with SSRIs and similar depression pills. Otsuka Pharmaceuticals lists akathisia as the most common “side effect” of Rexulti but fails to mention that polypharmacy and simultaneously taking two drugs that can cause akathisia increases your risk of suffering from this serious drug-induced disorder. Also, see the drug ad promotes some new guesses as to what “may” cause depression. See

August 30, 2022 at 8:08 am

Propecia Updates its Label Acknowledging Medication-Induced Suicidality

After more than a decade of case reports associating Propecia with medication-induced suicidality and suicides, the hair-loss drug has finally updated its warning.


August 29, 2022 at 8:35 am

Teens Harmed by Prescription Cascades and Off-Label Psychiatric Drugs

Treating teens as a “generation of Guinea pigs” causes multiple harms. A study in the Journal Pediatrics found that 40.7 percent of people ages 2 to 24 who were prescribed a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were also prescribed at least one other medication for depression, anxiety, or another mood or behavioral disorder. The study found more than 50 different psychotropic medicines prescribed in such combinations, and a review by The New York Times found that roughly half of the drugs were not approved for use in adolescents, although doctors have discretion to prescribe as they see fit.”


August 18, 2022 at 8:55 am

Today’s MIA Podcast Interviews the Author of “Antidepressed,” an Excellent Book About Drug Risks and Overprescribing

During her work in the school counseling field, Beverley Thomson said she “noticed the language being used by both teachers and parents was changing and rather than asking what was happening with or to a child we were starting to ask what was wrong with a child.” This led Beverely to research issues surrounding DSM-related labeling and the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs in both children and adults.

Tune in to this excellent podcast and learn more at

August 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm

MISSD’s Akathisia Podcasts Share Life-Saving Info

Once you’ve suffered akathisia, you’re at increased risk of developing it again. Janet and her late husband, Joe, were never informed of SRRI-induced akathisia. Joe died never knowing the term “akathisia,” despite having twice suffered it. Listen to Janet’s informative story of akathisia loss and increased awareness at