February 3, 2023 at 1:34 pm

Healthcare Consumers Need Accurate Info

One out of seven people who try to stop depression pills will experience withdrawal problems, which can include akathisia. Informed consent can reduce medication-induced death.

“The principle of informed consent dictates that people must be told all this when first offered these drugs.” –John Reed, Professor of Clinical Psychology, London. See https://www.theguardian.com/science/2023/jan/31/informed-consent-for-antidepressants

January 26, 2023 at 2:39 pm

NICE Will Update Depression Pill Guidance

Many people who try to discontinue depression pills suffer from withdrawal symptoms, including withdrawal akathisia. Their symptoms are signs of adverse drug effects but are often misdiagnosed as signs of mental illness. After 11 years, the UK’s drug regulators are finally updating their drug info. Will USFDA catch up, too?

Read the full article at https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/17/antidepressants-should-be-reduced-in-stages-to-avoid-withdrawal-symptoms

January 23, 2023 at 5:08 pm

Antidepressants Can Cause Emotional Blunting

Researchers estimate that between 40% to 60% of people who take antidepressants experience emotional blunting as a side effect. https://www.forbes.com/sites/anuradhavaranasi/2023/01/22/why-antidepressants-might-make-users-feel-emotionally-numb/?sh=79dc4e4d3283

January 18, 2023 at 12:15 pm

What Does Akathisia Look Like?

Akathisia sufferers sometimes have difficulty explaining their symptoms, ranging from a general feeling of unease to unbearable emotional turmoil and physical restlessness. See MISSD’s public health video, “What Does Akathisia Look Like?” to learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER4JGnRssSk.

December 22, 2022 at 7:01 am

MISSD is Wishing All a Happy Holiday and Health New Year!

December 6, 2022 at 11:16 am

Spend an Hour, Save a Life

MISSD’s 1-hour online Akathisia 101 course is free and open to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Check it out at MISSD.LearnUpon.com.

December 1, 2022 at 1:43 pm

Five Questions to Ask Before Considering Depression Pills

It’s good to see this article encouraging consumers to ask questions before considering depression drugs.

We’d add a few more questions: Are there permanent “side effects?” Are there deadly side effects?” Do these drugs carry the FDA black box suicide warning? Read the article at https://bestlifeonline.com/antidepressant-pharmacist-important-questions-news/

November 29, 2022 at 12:34 pm

Support MISSD on Giving Tuesday

MISSD is grateful for your support. Whether it’s sharing our free resources, “liking” us on social media, or making a tax-deductible contribution, your efforts have helped MISSD promote accurate info, improve patient safety, and save lives. Our next public health video will focus on veterans and the military and was made possible by the generosity of many. Read more at https://www.einpresswire.com/article/603604004/save-lives-on-giving-tuesday-by-raising-akathisia-awareness?r=paMoHfpstUVHq5iWA9

November 21, 2022 at 9:14 am

Informed Consent Can Help Consumers Weigh Real Drug Risks vs. Possible Benefits

Like most people, this teen was unaware acne drugs can cause black bones. Most people are also never informed acne drugs can cause suicide. Archie is right when he notes: “I feel like I wasn’t provided truly informed consent on the drugs I was given as a kid. I hope this inspires more doctors and parents to thoroughly inform children on the drugs they are being given, so kids can have a voice in consent when it comes to medications.” Read the full article at https://www.dailydot.com/irl/medicine-turned-bones-black/.

November 8, 2022 at 6:18 am

A New Survey May Help People Safely Taper

If you or your loved one has been impacted by the problems of tapering off psychiatric drugs, problems that can include withdrawal akathisia, please take Medicating Normal and PROTECT’s new survey. The survey is part of the Priorities for Future Research on Reducing and Stopping Psychiatric Medicines (PROTECT) study. It is being conducted as part of a Ph.D. based at Trinity College Dublin.

For more info and survey access, see https://mailchi.mp/f565fe380a74/take-and-share-the-protect-study-survey?e=d67e22ab4a.