September 10, 2020 at 3:27 pm

When Suicide Isn’t Suicide

On World Suicide Prevention Day–and every day–we can reduce avoidable deaths by sharing akathisia info. Prescription drugs can cause akathisia and akathisia can cause medication-induced suicide.

Medical research terms these deaths “iatrogenic” which means caused by medical intervention and/or medical error. Knowing the risks & warning signs can save lives. Share our videos & podcasts found at

September 8, 2020 at 6:12 am

Drug Risks & “Prescribing Cascade”

New York Times health columnist, Jane Brody, spotlights how drug-induced delirium and other serious adverse drug effects can be caused by a “prescribing cascade that starts with drug-induced side effects which are then viewed as a new ailment and treated with yet another drug or drugs that can cause still other side effects.”

Prescribing cascades are “often overlooked by examining doctors and unrecognized by families.”

Make sure to ask your doctor if the pharmaceutical product you or your loved one is prescribed is known to be safe for that age group, and carefully review the patient information leaflet which may list some of the product’s risks. Drug-induced delirium and akathisia can precipitate medication-induced suicidality and suicide.

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August 20, 2020 at 1:26 pm

Forbes’ Science Article Explores Misdiagnosis

MISSD hopes future studies might ascertain the percentage of people who are suffering from adverse drug effects, such as akathisia, but whose symptoms are misdiagnosed as mental health challenges.

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August 11, 2020 at 5:05 pm

Moms Speak Up About Acne Drug & their Daughters’ Deaths

Two moms who lost their daughters to “suicide” after the teens were prescribed a popular acne drug are sharing their family’s experiences to help others be better informed than they were. Roaccutane and Accutane can cause drug-induced psychosis, akathisia, and iatrogenic death,

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August 6, 2020 at 1:09 pm

Listen to Akathisia Stories Episode 7

In today’s episode of the MISSD podcast series produced by Andy Miles of Chicago’s Studio C, Janet Schiel, founder of Butterflies for Joe, discusses her husband’s prescription-drug induced suffering and avoidable death.

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July 29, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Prescribed Harm Awareness Day

MISSD is pleased to see increased public awareness of critical adverse drug effects that can cause akathisia, psychosis, serotonin toxicity, delirium, and precipitate medication-induced suicide. Take and share our accredited akathisia course so that others can be safer health care consumers. See

July 23, 2020 at 8:19 am

Learning from Experts by Experience

The MISSD podcast series called Akathisia Stories features the real experiences of families who lost loved ones to akathisia-induced death. Health care professionals, consumers, and caregivers can learn much by tuning in at

July 22, 2020 at 6:23 am

Akathisia & FCC’s New Suicide Hotline

MISSD applauds that the Federal Communications Commission is designating an easily remembered phone number–988–as America’s new suicide prevention hotline. It is also critical that crisis counselors who are trained in suicide prevention be educated about akathisia and ask callers if they have recently stopped, started, or changed a medication dose or type.

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July 15, 2020 at 12:03 pm

10 Years Ago Today

MISSD was founded after Stewart died an akathisia-induced death 10 years ago today. We’ve accomplished much since then, and ask that you help us make akathisia a household word.

“COVID-19 has increased public awareness of drug risks. Given that some drugs being explored as COVID-19 treatments can cause akathisia, now more than ever, it is time to talk about akathisia so that lives can be saved,” said Dolin.

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July 11, 2020 at 7:59 am

Generic Drugs & Side Effects

MISSD always stresses the importance of monitoring for adverse drug effects when stopping, starting, or changing a drug dose or type. The same recommendation is made when changing a medication between generic and brand name.

“Don’t assume that your side effects are normal, especially when you have not experienced them before when taking the same drug. You can also submit adverse drug reports to the FDA via their MedWatch program and report any possible concerns,” said Dr. Joshua Brown, a drug safety researcher for the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

“Generic drugs make up an estimated 90% of all prescriptions dispensed to patients. In clinical training, we are all taught that generics are the same as the name brand. However, as generic drug recalls continue to occur, and after reading the book Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban, you start to get a picture that it may not be true,” said Brown.

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