February 23, 2022 at 10:04 am

Groundbreaking Video Includes Akathisia for the 1st Time

Suicide prevention initiatives should not keep akathisia in the dark. MISSD is pleased our latest video includes akathisia as a suicide risk factor. While akathisia-induced deaths are not the same as traditional deaths of despair caused by depression, akathisia is frequently misdiagnosed as depression — and then mistreated. This video was a collaboration with No Shame On U and funded by an UpStart grant. Please see and share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r9lcvh90kE

February 16, 2022 at 7:19 am

Opinion Piece Puts Kids at Risk

Given that doctors take an oath to first, do no harm, this opinion piece is disturbing. Children–and adults–who take SSRIs are at increased risk of suffering akathisia and medication-induced suicide. Yet consumers and caregivers are often left uninformed and fewer than 5% of prescribers ever monitor for suicidal thoughts after dosing.

Read the full article at https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/After-the-FDA-issued-warnings-about-16919922.php

February 15, 2022 at 11:56 am

Risky Prescriptions for Children Increase Since COVID

Families should be made aware that suicidality and suicide can be adverse effects caused by Prozac and other SSRIs marketed as antidepressants.

“I just thought it was the trauma and blamed it on all that, but it was a rapid decrease in my mental health as soon as I got put on it. I didn’t want to be alive. I felt everything was against me. My head was just so messy because of this medication,” said Stephanie, who was prescribed Prozac as a child.

Read the full article at https://news.stv.tv/scotland/being-put-on-antidepressants-as-a-teen-made-me-feel-more-suicidal

February 11, 2022 at 10:01 am

Devoted Mom and Wife Dies After Taking A Commonly- Prescribed Antibiotic

Dawn Mendoza, who had no history of depression, drowned herself in her pool after taking Cipro. She “chronicled her downward spiral over the seven days she was on Cipro. She wrote about sleeping two hours or less, anxiety attacks, and described feeling like she was “dying from the inside out.” Her husband of 27 years states his wife was never warned of the drug’s possible mental health side effects.

Insomnia, anxiety, and inexplicable feelings of inner turmoil are noted symptoms of akathisia. Read the full article at https://www.abcactionnews.com/…/popular-antibiotics…

February 9, 2022 at 2:48 pm

K9’s for Vets Program Features MISSD

Many vets return home from service to confront a new battle started by polypharmacy and misdiagnosis. Tonight’s K9s for Vets show features MISSD founder, Wendy Dolin, who will discuss the symptoms of prescription-drug-induced akathisia and how MISSD is helping to increase awareness and reduce avoidable suffering and death. Join us at 7 central time. For more info, see https://www.facebook.com/K9sForVeteransnfp/

February 8, 2022 at 7:01 pm

Join MISSD and K9’s for Vets Tomorrow

The suicide rate among veterans and the military is high, yet many healthcare professionals and consumers remain unaware that medications intended to treat PTSD and other mental health challenges can cause akathisia. When missed, misdiagnosed, and/or mistreated, akathisia can precipitate violent thoughts, actions, and avoidable deaths. Tune in tomorrow at 9 central time for a conversation with Wendy Dolin who will be the guest on K9’s for Vets. https://www.facebook.com/missd.co

January 28, 2022 at 9:39 am

Overprescribing Can Put Kids at Risk

Mad in America is sponsoring a pre-release screening of the film Luna. The short documentary shares a family’s experiences and challenges during their children’s journey through the American psychiatric system.

To sign up for this event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-in-crisis-the-overprescribing-of-psychiatric-medication-tickets-254695439917?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_eid=5e3bf7cbd1&mc_cid=a619f4af2d

January 21, 2022 at 9:50 am

SSRI-induced Sexual Dysfunction is Often Misdiagnosed

Given that more than 43 million adults in the US fill prescriptions for SSRIs, such as Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac, it’s critical that doctors clearly communicate risks, including PSSD and akathisia. Read the full article at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/talking-apes/202112/does-getting-married-really-make-people-happier

January 20, 2022 at 11:54 am

Akathisia Stories: Real People Share Adverse Experiences to Help Others

In our latest podcast, Kerri Lynn discusses how prescriptions for “happy pills” harmed her by causing akathisia: “I was having nightmares. I was having sleep problems. I was not wanting to eat. I was getting mood swings. I had lost interest in things. I developed anxiety and panic attacks out of nowhere…” https://www.studiocchicago.com/kerri-lynn-transcript

January 10, 2022 at 1:47 pm

Akathisia Stories: “I Knew it Wasn’t Me”

Kerri Lynn suffered from akathisia and related misprescribing for more than a decade before finding accurate information and a path towards healing. Listen and learn at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82QWuw-Z168