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 https://www.facebook.com/stephenoneillsvoice

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 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/low-serotonin-causing-your-depression-james-davies-says-it-may-be-your-life-instead-ntwhkd2gk

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.

Read the full article at https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/07/15/1111316589/988-suicide-hotline-number?utm_campaign=KHN%3A%20Daily%20Health%20Policy%20Report&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=219943876&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–_sUXk98B63x90gQBVmEkuX6Dp2Qm-sGG3zjZNZlu_lt0tf3MFE9l7WxsIpZH2txZgsOieRJ5bUGDgA1JQxi3jaY2kLg&utm_content=219943876&utm_source=hs_email

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.

Read the full article at https://www.theepochtimes.com/highly-prescribed-benign-medication-detected-in-10-percent-of-overdose-deaths_4587995.html?utm_source=Health&utm_campaign=health-2022-07-14&utm_medium=email&est=%2FODCBRVBGMsyRieSNd9xb2%2BsYnuI9bW%2F%2BMOOojcwq8MXlBzHsQvS7dwIIM8IIg%3D%3D

July 11, 2022 at 10:38 am

World Benzo Awareness Day

Many people are unaware that benzos can cause serious adverse effects including withdrawal akathisia. For an informative podcast that spotlights benzo awareness, see https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/07/world-benzodiazepine-awareness-day-2020/.

June 29, 2022 at 3:46 pm

MISSD’s Latest Public Health Video is Reaching More than 350 People Every Day

MISSD is pleased our latest public health video has had more than 44,500 views since its release. That’s an average of 350 people per day who are learning that prescription drug-induced akathisia is a suicide risk factor. Please see and share https://www.youtube.com/c/MISSDFoundation/videos

June 24, 2022 at 2:22 pm

MISSD’s Akathisia Videos Can Reduce Suffering and Save Lives

MISSD’s public health videos have had more than 665K views. Please share them to help ensure others are well informed about akathisia and related adverse drug effects. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER4JGnRssSk.

June 17, 2022 at 2:46 pm

Elderly SSRI Consumers and the Increased Risk of Serotonin Toxicity

A new study finds older adults taking SSRIs are at an increased risk of serotonin syndrome. It’s also important to note that people suffering from serotonin toxicity can also be suffering from SSRI-induced akathisia. Read the full article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2022/06/antidepressant-induced-serotonin-syndrome-danger-elderly/

June 8, 2022 at 7:12 am

Akathisia is a Suicide Risk Factor Everyone Should Know

MISSD’s latest video is the first suicide prevention video to include akathisia as a suicide risk factor. Please see and share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r9lcvh90kE