Our Stories

SSRI Stories is a collection of over 6,000 stories that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals) in which prescription drugs were mentioned and in which the drugs may be linked to a variety of adverse outcomes including violence.

This updated site includes the stories from the previous site and new ones from 2011 to date.  We have used a new “category” classification system on the new stories.  We are working back through previously SSRI Stories to bring them into the new classification system.  In the meantime use the search box in the upper right column to search through both the old and the new stories.

SSRI Stories focuses primarily on problems caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), of which Prozac (fluoxetine) was the first.  For more see About SSRIs.   Other medications prescribed as antidepressants that fit the “nightmares” theme of the collected stories are sometimes included.

From the Web

2015/10/09 - Schoolboy, 15, accused of stabbing teacher was ‘loner’ who played online video games Dark Souls and Grand Theft Auto — (Daily Mail)

To view original article click here The Daily Mail by Martin Robinson Published 09:16 GMT, 29 April 2014 15-year-old accused of stabbing to death his teacher chose to sit alone in lessons and was a fan of online video games, classmates said today. The teenager, arrested yesterday after the death of Ann Maguire, 61, has […]

2015/10/05 - Oregon Killer’s Mother Wrote of Troubled Son and Gun Rights — (The New York Times)

To view original article click here The New York Times  By JACK HEALY, MIKE McINTIRE and JULIE TURKEWITZ OCT. 5, 2015 ROSEBURG, Ore. — When a downstairs neighbor of Laurel Harper learned there was a gunman on the loose at Umpqua Community College here, he ran up to tell her, knowing that her son, Christopher […]

2015/10/05 - Testimony focuses on drug use in Buendia attempted murder trial — (Bay News 9)

To view original article click here Bay News 9 By Dalia Dangerfield, Reporter Last Updated: Monday, October 05, 2015, 5:05 PM Testimony focuses on drug use in Buendia attempted murder trial A USF pharmacologist testified about the drugs that were prescribed for Matthew Buendia, the former Marine accused of attempting to kill a Hillsborough County […]

2015/09/16 - Data from Study 329, that Claimed to show Paroxetine is Safe and Effective for Adolescents, Actually Showed the Opposite — (Various)

To view original article click here Restoring Study 329: efficacy and harms of paroxetine and imipramine in treatment of major depression in adolescence – BMJ by Joanna Le Noury, John M Nardo, David Healy, Jon Jureidini, Melissa Raven, Catalin Tufanaru, and Elia Abi-Jaoude, published Sept. 16, 2015 Below is a selection of media stories on the BMJ Article Restoring Study 329, with the link, title […]

2015/09/15 - Ghana records 1,500 suicide cases annually — (GhanaWaves)

To view original article click here GhanaWaves Sep 15  2015 Written by samuel Ghana records 1,500 suicide cases annually Ghana records about 1,500 suicide cases annually, the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Authority, Dr Akwasi Osei, has revealed. That figure, he said, constituted about seven per cent loss of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but […]



Adverse reactions are most likely to occur when starting or discontinuing the drug, increasing or lowering the dose or when switching from one SSRI to another. Adverse reactions are often diagnosed as bipolar disorder when the symptoms may be entirely iatrogenic (treatment induced). Withdrawal, especially abrupt withdrawal, from any of these medications can cause severe neuropsychiatric and physical symptoms. It is important to withdraw extremely slowly from these drugs, often over a period of a year or more, under the supervision of a qualified and experienced specialist. Withdrawal is sometimes more severe than the original symptoms or problems.

The following RxISK.org research papers and guides deal with dependence and withdrawal and may be helpful:

  1. Dependence and Withdrawal
  2. Guide to Stopping Antidepressants
  3. Medicine Induced Stress Syndromes

Click here to view these and other RxISK.org research papers.