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

2016/04/19 - Coroner: Kindra Chapman committed suicide by hanging — (The Birmingham News)

To view original article click here The Birmingham News By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com The Birmingham News on July 27, 2015 at 10:32 AM, updated July 27, 2015 at 11:52 AM Kindra Chapman’s grandmother still has questions about her death The death of 18-year-old Kindra Chapman has officially been ruled a suicide, authorities announced today. […]

2016/04/10 - Murder-suicide third blow for Western dorm — (The London Free Press)

To view original article click here The London Free Press By Jennifer O’Brien Sunday, April 10, 2016 9:56:02 EDT PM For the third time in six months, a student dormitory at Western University is reeling over a death — this time, after a popular undergraduate remembered for an “infectious smile and loving and caring personality,” […]

2016/03/31 - Sarah’s Story — (SSRI Stories)

This is the original publication of this story. March 31, 2016 This is our own story. It is about the devastating effect that a prescription drug had on my husband and ultimately our entire life. It is a very commonly prescribed medication and from the stories I found online, it sounds like we are not […]

2016/03/30 - Detectives: Olympia mom slashed her children’s throats because she wanted them to stop crying — (Q13 Fox)

To view original article click here Q13 Fox by Hana Kim Posted 5:42 PM, January 26, 2015,  Updated at 06:16pm, January 26, 2015 OLYMPIA — It’s an unthinkable crime, a mother accused of slitting the throats of her three young children. Police say Christina Booth, 29, early Sunday morning slashed her 2-year-old daughter’s throat, then […]

2016/03/25 - Deroxat, Prozac, Effexor, Zoloft : votre antidépresseur peut-il vous rendre alcoolique? Can your antidepressant turn you into an alcoholic? — (Le Lanceur)

To view original article click here    See also English translation below Le Lanceur 25 mars 2016 Par Ariane Denoyel Des dizaines de témoignages l’affirment, et d’éminents médecins le confirment : certains antidépresseurs peuvent vous faire tomber dans l’alcool. Ce risque concerne une classe de médicaments précise : les “inhibiteurs sélectifs de la recapture de la sérotonine” ou ISRS. […]



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.