A Case Study That Shows the Different Types of Akathisia

Akathisia comes in many forms.  This case study defines acute, chronic, tardive, and withdrawal akathisia.  Basically, you take the drugs, you can get akathisia when initially taking the drug, after taking the drug for awhile, the entire time you are taking the drug, as you withdraw from the drug, and even after you have withdrawn from the drug for sometime.  

November 18, 2019

The Akathisia/Suicide Connection

Russell Copelan has been fighting the akathisia fight since 1985.  Read his recent article from earlier this February.

October 10, 2019

Treatment Options and Diagnosis Well-known Since 2012

This 2012 article on drug-induced movement disorders contains one of the best outlines of akathisia and its treatment that we have found.  It also has great information on other drug-induced movement disorders.  

October 10, 2019

Understanding Some of the Biology of Akathisia

Akathisia appears to be in-part hyperactive brainstem reflexes in this 2017 study.

January 01, 2020

The Withdrawal Project

The Withdrawal Project is a grassroots community effort of Inner Compass Initiative.

Our Inspiration

The many people around the world who have personally reduced or fully come off psychiatric medications have, through their experiences, gained enormous insights and wisdom about the matter. For years, those of us who have withdrawn from these drugs have been discussing what we learned and discovered, and developing and sharing practical tips and safer strategies to manage our coming-off process. We've done this largely through one-on-one mutual support and many disparate online forums and groups.

Today, this growing “layperson withdrawal community” has become a vital, valuable “living library” of wisdom regarding some of the most responsible, risk-reducing ways of tapering off and healing from the effects of psychiatric drugs. We believe that this accumulated wisdom should be collected, organized, and made accessible to people everywhere. For that reason we were inspired to create The Withdrawal Project.

January 01, 2020

MISSD

The Agony of Akathisia: In Their Own Words

Read the words of those who have experienced akathisia first-hand. Pray it never finds you or those you love. Better yet? Become informed. Remember: akathisia presents SUBJECTIVELY. This means no two descriptions will be the same. However, there is one common element in every account:  agony.

April 01, 2006

Recognizing and Managing Akathisia

No, not an April Fool's joke.  Unfortunately.  Clicking on this link brings you to a Google Ad for Latuda, a prime cause of akathisia.  

This is a reprint from a 1984 (the year, not the book) edition of Hospital and Community Psychiatry.  The inner aspects of akathisia are well-defined and explained.

"In its most severe form, the dysphoria has been associated with violent outbursts, suicide, and other strong affects such as fright, terror, anger, or rage."

June 22, 2002

Akathisia: overlooked at a cost

Fifteen years ago, the NIH was warning of the dangers of overlooking akathisia.

 

 "The patient's behaviour may be disturbed, treatment may be refused, or the patient may be suicidal and be mistaken for a psychiatric problem. "

June 25, 2017

Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale

A YouTube video showing how to test to see if you or someone else is suffering from abnormal involuntary movements.  A must-do test for anyone taking psychiatric medications.  

June 25, 2017

Why the Rise of Mental Illness? Pathologizing Normal, Adverse Drug Effects, and a Peculiar Rebellion

The drug side effects are being incorporated into the descriptions of the illnesses the drugs are supposed to treat.  This should frighten you.  A great article by Bruce Levine, PhD.

October 09, 2010

Pathophysiology of Depression (Or We Don't Have a Clue What Causes Depression)

"The current extant knowledge argues against a unified hypothesis of depression."  In layman's terms: We don't know what causes depression.

June 25, 2017

The Causes of Underdiagnosing Akathisia

Originally published in 2003, the medical community has not progressed in diagnosing akathisia.

"Currently, there may be two major problems with underdiagnosis: (1) symptoms that fulfill the diagnostic criteria for akathisia are overlooked, and (2) conditions that do not fulfill the diagnostic criteria but can still benefit from antiakathisia measures are underdiagnosed."  

With the incorporation of akathisia symptoms in the DSM-V into the diagnosis for bi-polar disorder, the symptoms will continue to be underdiagnosed.

June 25, 2017

Measuring Neuroleptic-induced Akathisia

While not accessible, the link does set forth efforts being made to diagnose and measure akathisia.  One of those articles to bring up with your physician. 

June 25, 2017

1995 Warning of the Need to Further Investigate (Largely Ignored)

"The long-term evolution of neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal syndromes of Parkinsonism, akathisia and tardive dyskinesia (TD) is still a controversial issue worth exploring."

June 18, 2017

American Journal of Psychiatry on Akathisia

A thorough breakdown of akathisia historically and information on its diagnosis.  Once again, a Latuda ad pops up prior to the article.  (Latuda is the drug that started this website.)  

June 25, 2017

Possible Treatment: Mirtazapine

While treatments for akathisia are unknown, this is the one study that showed one possible treatment. 

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