April 14, 2022 at 2:27 pm

MISSD’s London Tube Akathisia Awareness Ads are Up & Rolling

MISSD’s new akathisia awareness campaign on the London Underground is gathering attention from the press and fueling a Twitter storm. These ads are different from the MISSD ads that previously ran on Chicago, San Francisco and New York City trains. Tomorrow we’ll have more info about the reasons why.

Here’s an article published today in London’s newspaper, The Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/search.html

April 7, 2022 at 11:48 am

It’s World Health Day: Share Our Message to Help Save Lives

“April is a month dedicated to raising awareness about important health issues,” said Dolin. It’s National Counseling Month, National Stress Awareness Month, and today is World Health Day. While MISSD works daily to increase awareness of akathisia, many health and suicide prevention organizations fail to discuss akathisia. Pharmaceutical ads that mention suicide “side effects” also neglect to communicate that these risks are frequently caused by akathisia. Such omissions increase the likelihood that psychiatric adverse drug effects are falsely attributed to life challenges or the consumer’s underlying condition and not to the pharmaceutical product.”

See MISSD’s press release at https://www.einpresswire.com/article/567162202/suicide-can-be-an-adverse-drug-effect

April 4, 2022 at 3:10 pm

Lab Tests Can Reduce Akathisia Harm

Like most doctors, Kerri’s prescribers never ran any lab tests before they gave her SSRIs. As a result, Kerri suffered iatrogenic harm for years. She shares her story on our akathisia podcast and the Fiddaman Blog so that others might be better informed about metabolism issues and appropriate lab tests.

Read her guest post at https://fiddaman.blogspot.com/. Listen to her interview at https://soundcloud.com/studiocchicago/episode-13-of-akathisia-stories-kerri-lynn?utm_source=clipboard&utm_campaign=wtshare&utm_medium=widget&utm_content=https%253A%252F%252Fsoundcloud.com%252Fstudiocchicago%252Fepisode-13-of-akathisia-stories-kerri-lynn.

March 16, 2022 at 3:40 pm

Akathisia: In Their Own Words

Knowing the causes and symptoms of akathisia prior to starting, stopping, or changing dosage or type of certain medications can save lives. Had these families been in formed of the risks prior to receiving these prescriptions, they likely would never have had an akathisia story to share in our public health video. Listen and learn at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibCOhnmM608

March 9, 2022 at 3:02 pm

Recognizing the Symptoms of Akathisia Can Save Lives

See and share our public awareness video, “What Does Akathisia Look Like?” Akathisia is often missed or misdiagnosed in part because of the false belief that all akathisia sufferers exhibit uncontrollable movements. Some akathisia sufferers do not exhibit movement and others are able to control movements for short periods of time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER4JGnRssSk

March 2, 2022 at 2:21 pm

Doctor Calls for FDA’s Black Box Suicide Warning for Antibiotic

Cepro and Levaquin, two commonly prescribed antibiotics can cause akathisia and death. But the FDA doesn’t have a black box suicide warning on either drug despite a medical expert’s urging.

Heather McCarthy, a mom whose son, Shea, died after suffering the adverse effects of Levaquin, points out these iatrogenic deaths are prompted by psychiatric side effects and aren’t traditional deaths of despair. “By all the visible circumstances does it look like suicide? Yes,” said Heather. “I’m a mom. I loved my son. I knew my son. He did not want to die. To put these all in a box of suicide, I feel is a real injustice to these victims.”

Read the full article at https://www.wrtv.com/news/wrtv-investigates/new-push-for-change-as-growing-number-of-suicides-linked-to-popular-antibiotics

March 1, 2022 at 12:01 pm

Clinicians Need Better Training and Guidelines About SSRI Withdrawal

A new study finds clinicians need withdrawal guidance and training to better ensure patients can safely discontinue these drugs. When SSRI withdrawal and withdrawal akathisia is misdiagnosed as relapse, consumers are more likely to continue taking risky drugs they do not need.
Read the full article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2022/02/official-guidelines-antidepressant-discontinuation-fail-practitioners-patients/

February 25, 2022 at 12:07 pm

More Studies Find Antidepressants Can Cause Suicidality and Harm Children’s Brains

“Studies have identified a correlation between the incidence of suicide and suicide ideation and the prescription of antidepressants, particularly in children and adolescents. Two recent studies have shown that antidepressants may alter brain structure and can cause neurotoxic effects on the developing brain…” Read the full article at https://www.madinamerica.com/2022/02/negative-impact-antidepressants-youth/

February 24, 2022 at 1:47 pm

Keeping Akathisia in the News

Yesterday MISSD released its latest video which was produced in collaboration with No Shame On U and funded by an UpStart grant. Akathisia isn’t a mental health disorder; it’s a medication-induced disorder that can cause suicidality. It’s important that the public is informed of akathisia and situational challenges that can cause avoidable death.

See https://www.einpresswire.com/article/563886191/a-groundbreaking-suicide-prevention-video-expands-the-conversation

February 24, 2022 at 10:46 am

Akathisia Stories: A Typical College Student’s Mild Anxiety Led to Years of Akathisia

On our latest episode of Akathisia Stories, Marcello and his mother, Lisa, shed light on the challenges of obtaining an accurate akathisia diagnosis and treatment. Marcello was in college when he was prescribed a common drug marketed as an antidepressant. He wasn’t depressed but was given the drug for mild, “garden variety” anxiety. That prescription started his decline. Listen and learn at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQvtN1kz-TQ