July 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Catch-22: MISSD Founder, Wendy Dolin featured in Law360

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“Catch-22: The widow of a Reed Smith attorney is waging a battle against a paradox in the law surrounding generic-drug injury claims”

Read the story: DOLINLAW360Catch-22.topostpdf


July 13, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Unlike many others who have been held in the powerful grip of akathisia, British documentary filmmaker Katinka Newman survived her ordeal with the terrifying disorder–and is now helping to spread awareness about drug reactions. She recently released a tell-all book, “The Pill that Steals Lives,” about her painful journey from anxiety and suicidal thoughts to wellness. In her book and interviews, she describes firsthand her hallucinations and psychosis, lack of empathy and numbness, and desire to die. She later learned through the Independent Forensic Services in Colorado that she has a gene mutation that prevents her body from fully metabolizing the chemicals in many of the medications she was taking, making her spiral into a psychotic period way worse than the initial malaise that initiated her seeking out medical help in the first place. Her mutation affects a group of enzymes, cytochrome P450, which is responsible for processing medications in the body. This may be an important genetic component in those who experience akathisia. She is now on a mission to spread the word about drug toxicity and help the public as well as doctors and other health practitioners recognize the difference between psychosis and drug reactions.



June 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm

NASW Conference

Met such talented and caring social workers at the NASW Conference. Spreading the word about akathisia.IMG_4060

June 15, 2016 at 11:21 am



May 2, 2016 at 8:30 pm

The Curse of Akathisia



April 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm

U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High



April 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

Legal Journal Says Antidepressants Can Cause Violence and Suicide



April 2, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Personal pain led Twin Cities Widow to Prescription Drug Safety Advocacy

Kim Witzcak, advisor to MISSD, has recently been appointed as a consumer representative on the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee. In her interview with the Star Tribune in Minnesota, Kim discusses akathisia and other significant topics relating to drug safety.


April 1, 2016 at 11:10 am

MISSD Exhibits at AAS Conference

MISSD is exhibiting at the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference, Chicago, IL.

We have had wonderful opportunities to speak with health professionals working crisis center hotlines about the importance of asking callers in crisis if they have recently started a new medication, stopped their medication or dosage and screen for akathisia or a medication-induced suicide reaction.

February 15, 2016 at 11:22 am

Antidepressants May Double Risk of Suicide, Aggression In Adolescents