July 24, 2021 at 8:52 am

New Survey Aims to Better Inform Doctors About Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

When discontinuing certain prescription drugs, akathisia and other withdrawal symptoms can be serious and long lasting. Some doctors are still unaware of these serious adverse effects that can occur when stopping pharmaceutical products marketed as antidepressants.

A current survey aims to collect relevant data and publish a paper to inform UK doctors and other health care professionals about the process of coming off these drugs. The paper will be available internationally and may also help inform health care professionals around the world. 

Please consider taking and sharing this survey regardless of where you live: https://uelpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0AR9IsQ61jsiXBk

July 23, 2021 at 11:12 am

Son of Comedian, Robin Williams, Says Medicine “Did More Harm Than Good”

Williams was misdiagnosed and prescribed drugs that can cause medication-induced suicide. His son, Zak, said his dad was “very uncomfortable,” had focus issues, and “from a neurological perspective he didn’t feel great.”

Read the full article at https://people.com/health/robin-williams-son-zak-says-his-dad-was-very-uncomfortable-and-frustrated-misdiagnosis/

July 7, 2021 at 10:06 am

Join us this Thursday for a Medicating Normal’s Interview with Wendy Dolin

The award-winning documentary, “Medicating Normal,” will feature a Facebook live interview with MISSD Founder, Wendy Dolin, this Thursday at 2 EDT. Please join us and share the event link to help reduce medical harms: https://www.facebook.com/events/528657741590165/

June 24, 2021 at 8:31 am

Acne Drug Can Take Away More than Pimples

A commonly prescribed acne drug is linked to suicidality and sexual dysfunction–two adverse effects that can last long after the drug is stopped.

Read the full article at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6431453/Thousands-prescribed-Roaccutane-theres-disturbing-evidence-leave-men-suicidal.html

June 18, 2021 at 6:19 am

Misdiagnosed & Mistreated

When eight-year-old Jake was wrongly prescribed drugs marketed as antidepressants, his parents say they noticed scary changes in his behavior and feared for his life. Children, who are at high risk for SSRI-induced akathisia, are covered by the FDA’s black box suicidality warning yet many parents are never informed.

“That was when things got infinitely worse,” Jake’s father, Ray Diaz, said. “Jake was trying to physically harm himself. Jake was trying to jump out of moving cars. We were at Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular, and we got out of there and he just took off and sprinted away from us in the middle of Manhattan.”

Read the full story at https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/exploring-your-health/2021/06/15/explosion-in-the-tick-population-draws-attention-to-rare-lyme-disease-symptoms-in-children

June 10, 2021 at 12:31 pm

Prescription Overload is a Health Hazard

Polypharmacy “refers to an increasing overload of drugs that may not benefit the patient or interact well with one another, and that may cause harm including falls, cognitive impairment, hospitalization and death. It has sparked interest in “deprescribing”: the practice in which doctors and patients regularly review medication regimens to prune away risky or unnecessary drugs.

For older patients, the most commonly prescribed inappropriate medicines include proton pump inhibitors like Nexium and Prilosec, benzodiazepines like Xanax and Ativan, and tricyclic antidepressants, according to an analysis of Medicare data published last year.”

Benzodiazepines and drugs marketed as antidepressants increase the risk of suffering from akathisia. Read the full article at https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/07/health/elderly-drugs-deprescribing.html?action=click&module=Science%20%20Technology&pgtype=Homepage

June 5, 2021 at 12:43 pm

New Akathisia Billboards Receive Positive Feedback

MISSD’s new akathisia billboards in Illinois and West Virginia are being met with positive feedback and our public health videos have now had more than 280K views.

“I saw your ad in Chicago today. I was driving here from Minnesota. I almost didn’t survive akathisia. Upon seeing the ad, I was so happy and started crying at the same time. Thank you for all your work. I definitely will be donating.”

See and share to save lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibCOhnmM608

May 26, 2021 at 9:55 am

MISSD’s New Ad Campaign Hits the Streets

Travelers during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend may learn a new word to save lives: Akathisia. MISSD’s latest billboard ad campaign in West Virginia straightforwardly shares akathisia info. Read the full release at https://www.einpresswire.com/article/542051121/ad-campaign-increases-awareness-of-akathisia-to-save-lives?r=paUMX7LU6yiuTyUDWt

May 20, 2021 at 4:49 pm

Spotlighting Akathisia During Mental Health Awareness Month

“Many suicide prevention and mental health organizations fail to explain or even mention akathisia,” said Wendy Dolin, MISSD founder. Drug ads that end with warnings about an increased risk of suicidality also don’t mention it is related to akathisia. Such dangerous silence is unacceptable given that keeping akathisia in the dark increases the likelihood that this critical adverse drug effect is overlooked, misdiagnosed, or mistreated.”

Read more at https://www.einpresswire.com/article/541638727/mental-health-awareness-month-spotlights-akathisia?n=2

May 18, 2021 at 7:38 am

New Website Aims to Help Reduce Antidepressant Harms

Katinka Newman, a BBC producer and author of “The Pill that Steals Lives,” has a new website aimed to help people understand and better recognize antidepressant harms including withdrawal, akathisia and serotonin toxicity. It also shares the lived experiences of those whose lives were adversely impacted by these adverse drug effects.

See https://www.antidepressantrisks.org/