October 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Thank YOU, Friends and Supporters!

A huge and grateful thank you to all of our supporters who laughed and cried with us at this year’s annual MISSD fundraiser at the Montgomery Club in Chicago on October 12th. The turnout, silent auction and awareness-building were all great successes. Here’s to another influential and impactful year ahead!

If you haven’t seen our video about akathisia, please check it out; it’s just about a minute long!

September 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm

MISSD Advisor Presents on Drug Safety

MISSD advisor and national drug safety advocate Kim Witczak recently presented on medication safety. Watch the full video here.

September 11, 2017 at 9:08 pm

MISSD Founder Wendy Dolin’s Story Featured in the NY Times

325 million prescriptions for antidepressants were filled last year in the US, according to this recent NY Times article featuring our founder Wendy Dolin. That’s why it’s so important we continue to spread out mission of raising awareness about the possibility of developing akathisia.

The condition has been getting national and international press, and Wendy’s amazing trial win only increased the much-needed press around this current issue. Read on for more details and information about what made this case so compelling, so urgent and so unique.

Read the full article here. And read more information about suicide data being incorrectly reported in the drug trials here.




August 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm

New and Comprehensive Article Explains Akathisia Simply

The MISSD video about akathisia was featured in this recent article by MedPro, which succinctly explains the etiology, symptoms, extensive list of drugs that can cause the condition, treatment and more.

It’s a great article for explaining to friends, family members or institutions looking to understand more about this torturous side effect.

What are your thoughts? Share with us below.

August 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

Save the Date!

We’d love to see you at our annual fundraiser…it’s a lively event with great food, friends, speakers, a silent auction and more. See below for details, and click on our home page to purchase tickets. See you there!


August 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

A Board Member’s Story

MISSD Board Member Cindy Klinger shares her family’s story and what’s helped her move through the grieving process on Shelby Forsythia’s podcast, Coming Back. Listen here.


Photo by Liz Scheiner

August 4, 2017 at 5:02 pm

International Reach

We received this note from a Chinese teenager. It is amazing and touching to see how our work at MISSD is reaching people all over the globe, and having an impact on so many. Thank you for your continued support! Printed with permission:



I am a Chinese girl. My English name is Barbara. I’m 18 years old this year. I’m a high school garden 12 student. Originally, I am going to take the college entrance examination this year, and I will be admitted to a university which is in line with my actual level. However, because of misdiagnosis as schizophrenia, after taking medicine, I was beginning to suffer from the akathisia.

When I first have akathisia, it’s time is 22 March this year. First of all, I feel chest pain, dizziness and nausea. Second days, the disease increased, I started to panic endlessly. Every time I tried to sit or lie down, an inner fear and an aching chest prompted me to stand up. However, this does not alleviate…over and over again, every second is suffering.

When I went to see a doctor, the doctor here didn’t know the disease, and told me that I was just stressed out and relaxed. But this feeling is completely out of the control of the brain. The tension is different with ordinary. During my illness, the uncomfortable description that I had whenever I went out made me want to be home as soon as possible. When I came home, however, the pain made me want to run out of the door at once…Then, my chest pain, legs itch, have a kind of unspeakable suffering brain, feeling the world is spinning. Only sleep can set me free. I can’t stop walking when I wake up. I can’t lie, I can’t sit, so, I thought of death, and I used my kitchen knife to pull my arm again and again. Want to jump of a building, but lack of courage.

Once, when I was in great pain, I said to my father, “Dad, I’m only eighteen. I don’t want to die!” The disease is a side effect of antipsychotic drugs. It is so rare in China that doctors don’t know it. My parents sometimes get impatient with my illness and get angry and ask me what witchcraft I have? I felt a double pain in my body and mind. When I was ill, I shouted again and again to ask her to give me the medicine, but she refused to give it to me!

I’m really scared. I think I might have to be human. I’m afraid the pain that I can’t describe is with me all my life……Until one day, a young doctor told me it might be an extrapyramidal reaction, and she told me to get rid of the glucose water.After three days of glucose and water, my disease was relieved, but no doctor could say exactly what was wrong with me. After that, the doctor asked me for a consultation and told me there was no mental illness, and my previous emotional instability was just a simple emotional disorder.

I was on the first day of discharge and knew about the akathisia disease online, and it was in perfect agreement with my symptoms. In China, only a few documents point out that the disease is often mistaken for increased schizophrenia, not only without effective treatment, but also aggravating akathisia.

Before seen several doctors, gave me some antidepressants, gave me some antipsychotic drugs, my disease not at all. For the first time I tried to despair, as if only suicide.

Fortunately, after over three months of struggle, the akathisia completely disappeared. I didn’t know how to treasure my normal life before, but akathisia told me how happy it was to sit down and do one thing in peace!

When I was ill, I had difficulty breathing, and I could hardly do anything. Now, my classmates have been admitted to their favorite university, and I have to answer because of illness.

When I’m well, I’ve been looking for information about akathisia, but our country has only a small number of medical papers, and there is little room for universal data.

I then browsed through foreign websites and found that there was a wealth of akathisia data and even popular video materials. I feel very happy, I think, it is the gospel of akathisia patients.

I’ve been trying to find a community about akathisia, and today I’m lucky to find MISSD. Just experienced this disaster, my desire is to hope more Chinese understand akathisia. Correct prevention and treatment.

I am glad to meet you, MISSD, I have a small wish here, I wish you the website Yuebanyuehao, recommendations can be translated into many languages, so that people around the world know more about akathisia, to avoid akathia torture.


A Chinese girl,Akathisia patient

Zhang Fengyi
July 28 2017MISSD谢谢你,遇见你是我们的幸运

July 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

World Benzo Day #WorldBenzoDay


Today is World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, a day that seeks to raise global awareness about Benzo dependence. These drugs can cause adverse effects as well as intense withdrawal symptoms, which can potentially last for years.

MISSD is not anti-drug but supports awareness of some of the dangers associated with Benzo medications, as they have been associated with akathisia.

For more information, visit http://w-bad.org, which has handouts, events, videos and much more for both lay people and professionals. You can also get involved on social media.

Have you or a loved one experienced a side effect of withdrawal symptom from a Benzo drug? Let us know here or email us privately if you’d like to share your story.

June 14, 2017 at 3:44 am

Akathisia Commercial: Have you Seen It?

Have you seen the Vanda Pharmaceuticals commercial that focuses on akathisia?

We’re glad to see akathisia awareness getting attention. Although the commercial focuses specifically on the disorder being connected to schizophrenia, we know it of course can be associated with many other medications and health issues. What do you think of it?


June 8, 2017 at 3:14 am

MISSD at the Naomi Ruth Cohen Conference

MISSD set up shop at the 2017 Naomi Ruth Cohen Conference this past weekend to educate mental health providers and practitioners, educators, the public and anyone interested in mental health and wellness about akathisia and potential side effects of psychotropic (and other) medications.

Held at Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, this year’s theme was “Raising Resilient Children: Prioritizing Their Mental Health.” Educational sessions focused a lot on ways to reach children and young adults, and addressed some of the unique concerns they face and that can affect their mental well-being.

We spoke to a wide range of people; it was an inspiring event and we thank them!