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

2015/11/23 - Indrani ODs on sedatives, taken to JJ; is critical — (Mumbai Mirror)

To view original article click here Mumbai Mirror By Dharmendra Tiwari, Divyesh Singh & Jyoti ShelarDharmendra Tiwari, Divyesh Singh & Jyoti Shelar, Mumbai Mirror Oct 3, 2015, 02.23 AM IST Indrani Mukerjea, held in Byculla jail for the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, overdosed on sedatives at 2 pm on Friday. She was taken to […]

2015/11/22 - A Quincy suicide leaves grief and questions — (The Boston Globe)

To view original article click here The Boston Globe By Stan Grossfeld,  Globe Staff November 22, 2015 Malgorzata Gerakis (right) mourned the suicide of her son, Matt, with Cheri Maning of the North Quincy basketball program. QUINCY — On Oct. 16, in the darkness on the edge of Wollaston Station, 18-year-old Matt Gerakis hid near […]

2015/11/19 - Drug Pipe Found in Truck That Killed Four Ball Players — (Bloomberg)

To view original article click here Bloomberg By David Voreacos and Margaret Newkirk 2014-10-10  16:08 Police found a silver marijuana pipe and a bag containing prescription drugs in a tractor trailer that struck a bus and killed four members of a college women’s softball team in Oklahoma, according to a police inventory from a search […]

2015/11/18 - Police Shot Man over suspected Explosive — (Globe and Mail)

To view updated article click here The Globe and Mail (The version below appears in the Nov 18 print edition, Page A8) Patrick White Wednesday, Nov 18 [Note: the updated, online version removes the reference to medication – Ed.] Police in Mississauga shot a young man whom they suspected was wearing an explosive device just hours […]

2015/11/12 - UPDATE: Victims of Jed Allen in Didcot triple-murder were unlawfully killed, inquest finds — (Oxford Mail)

To view original article click here Oxford Mail Thursday 12 November 2015 A killer texted his friends saying he loved them and he had done what he had to do before hanging himself, an inquest heard today. Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said Jed Allen texted his friends a message at around 7pm on the night […]



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.