October 23, 2021 at 5:47 pm

National “Take Back” Day

Consumers should routinely check medicine cabinets to ensure unused and outdated prescriptions are disposed of properly. Some drugs, including those marketed for depression, can contaminate drinking water and harm animals.

For tips on safe drug disposal, see https://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.gov/content/national-take-back-day

October 19, 2021 at 1:05 pm

SSRIs and Misdiagnosed Menopause

Celebrity Lisa Snowdon discusses how she was mistakenly prescribed antidepressants for what turned out to be symptoms of menopause. If you or someone you know is given prescription drugs marketed as antidepressants, be certain to ask about akathisia and related adverse drug effects.

Read the full article at https://www.ok.co.uk/celebrity-news/lisa-snowdon-antidepressants-early-menopause-25238808

October 18, 2021 at 7:08 am

Akathisia Course is Open to All

The 1-hour accredited MISSD Akathisia 101 course is designed for healthcare consumers, professionals, and caregivers. Spend an hour, save a life at http://MISSD.LearnUpon.com

October 6, 2021 at 11:47 am

MISSD 2021 Fundraiser and Highlights

Dear Friends of MISSD, 
I hope you, your family and friends are continuing to stay safe and healthy during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year I am again grateful to the MISSD community for supporting our mission to reduce avoidable suffering and save lives. Together we have increased akathisia awareness and helped hundreds of thousands of healthcare consumers and professionals be safer. Please read the MISSD 2021 Highlights below for details on our many accomplishments your contributions fueled.

With safety at the forefront of what MISSD stands for, while disappointed, we once again will not see you and other MISSD supporters at our annual Chicago fundraiser. Instead, we will only have a mail-in and online “Stay Safe and Stand with MISSD” campaign. Most of the funds we receive are generated at this annual event and we hope you will contribute to help us reach new milestones for the coming year. 

While September 20th marked our third International Akathisia Awareness Day, MISSD works every day to share this straightforward message that can save lives: 
The public, health professionals and caregivers should closely monitor for any unusual behavior changes that may indicate akathisia when stopping, starting, or changing the dosage of various types of medication. 

Would you please share this important message with others and support MISSD by making a tax-deductible donation online? The MISSD mission can also be supported, at no additional cost, when shopping online at Amazon by going to smile.amazon.com and identifying MISSD as the charity to which you would like to contribute. 

We can’t wait to see you at the annual Chicago fundraiser next year! In the meantime, continue to “Stay Safe and Stand with MISSD!” 


Wendy Dolin, MISSD Founder

MISSD 2021 Highlights
• In 2021 MISSD created new akathisia billboards currently displayed in West Virginia and Illinois. Multiple media outlets provided additional coverage of our public health message. Feedback via MISSD.co has been significant, with one grateful viewer stating: “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.” MISSD is exploring other states for future billboards.

• MISSD created a third public health video “Akathisia: In Their Own Words.” It has had more than 84K views. More than 350K people have viewed our three educational videos.

• A “quick-tips” sheet for healthcare professionals and consumers, which highlights akathisia symptoms, is in production and will be available for download at MISSD.co, on social media sites and via a QR Code.

• A second akathisia online course, targeting medical professionals, (e.g., doctors, nurses, pharmacists), has been developed and is undergoing final review. It will be offered free of charge for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit. The “Akathisia 101” online course, available at MISSD.LearnUpon.com, continues to successfully teach mental health professionals, (e.g., psychologists, social workers), and the public, about akathisia. It is also offered free of charge for Continuing Education Units (CEU).

• MISSD continues to use resources to expand our social media reach on Google and YouTube, significantly increasing our online visibility. MISSD received a Google Grant, which will further expand our online presence.

• “Akathisia Stories,” the podcast series MISSD produces which features the lived experiences of akathisia sufferers and surviving family members, recently added new episodes and international coverage from “Stephens’ Voice,” an organization based in Ireland.

• UpStart Strategic Partnership and Alliance recently awarded a $10,000 grant to MISSD and No Shame On U. The funds are being used to produce a ground-breaking video educating the public about suicide risks, including akathisia. The UpStart organization partners with leaders in the Jewish community to create new programming.

• The award-winning documentary, “Medicating Normal,” interviewed MISSD board advisor, Kim Witczak, and founder, Wendy Dolin, on its Facebook Live series. Several people from the “Medicating Normal” documentary will be interviewed on MISSD’s “Akathisia Stories” podcast series.

• MISSD participated in the online presentation, “Quieting the Silence: Suicide Awareness in the Jewish Community.” This successful presentation sponsored by the Blue Dove Foundation has had more than 3,000 views. Dolin also spoke at “Conversations that Uplift,” a three-part series featuring people who create positive change.
September 28, 2021 at 2:03 pm

Eternal Sorrow and Akathisia

Darius shares a poignant, well-written, and accurate account of prescription drug-induced akathisia and related “side” effects. Like many akathisia sufferers, his doctor never informed him to watch out for and report adverse drug effects. Therefore, he and his family long suffered in the dark.

Read the full article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2017/03/eternal-sorrow-unexpected-descent-mental-health-system/

September 23, 2021 at 7:28 am

Teen Dies After Acne Prescription

Annabel Wright, 15, “had no medical history of depression when she was found dead in her bedroom at her home in Ripon, Yorkshire.” The teen had been taking Accutane (isotretinoin) for 9 months.

Her mother distinctly remembers telling the prescribing doctor, “I had read about this drug years before and two Americans had taken their own lives.” But the doctor reassured her that this fatal reaction was due to teens’ “depression” over their skin.

An expert at the inquest stated that research shows the drug can affect parts of the brain, leading to depression and suicide. “We are talking about large numbers of patients killing themselves while on this drug,” said Dr. Chu.

Read the full article at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10017065/Annabel-Wright-inquest-Schoolgirl-took-life-given-powerful-acne-drug-Roaccutane.html

September 20, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Today is International Akathisia Awareness Day

Suicide prevention programs should include akathisia info given that when akathisia is accurately diagnosed, actions can be taken to reduce these avoidable deaths.“— Wendy Dolin, MISSD Founder

See https://www.einpresswire.com/press-releases/preview/3163699 for the full release.

September 13, 2021 at 4:14 pm

Prescribing the Elderly Risky Drugs

David Blakeney, 63, was restless and agitated. The home’s doctor wanted him on an antipsychotic medication called Haldol, a powerful sedative.

“Add Dx of schizophrenia for use of Haldol,” read the doctor’s order, using the medical shorthand for “diagnosis.”

But there was no evidence that Mr. Blakeney actually had schizophrenia. Read the full article at https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/11/health/nursing-homes-schizophrenia-antipsychotics.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20210912&instance_id=40234&nl=the-morning&regi_id=108474028&segment_id=68744&te=1&user_id=1833914158e53c34bfd2d948e6d5d687

September 10, 2021 at 10:30 am

Akathisia Awareness and World Suicide Prevention Day

Sometimes what you don’t hear is more important than what you do. While today is World Suicide Prevention Day, you likely won’t hear about akathisia and medication-induced suicide from “nonprofits” that have strong financial ties to pharma.

MISSD accepts no money from the pharmaceutical industry and provides all resources free of charge. Take the Akathisia 101 course at MISSD.LearnUpon.com and share our public health videos to save lives. See https://www.youtube.com/c/MISSDFoundation/featured

September 9, 2021 at 9:24 am

Withdrawal Symptoms

Antidepressant-induced akathisia and withdrawal symptoms in the news: “If when you stop taking an antidepressant you feel: anxiety, insomnia, headache, dizziness, tiredness, irritability, flu symptoms, nausea, sensations of electric shock or symptoms of depression, consult your doctor.”

Read the full article at https://radiofiji.com.fj/antibiotics-antidepressants-and-other-medications-that-you-should-not-leave-without-medical-indication/9256/