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.

Behind the scenes at the NHS

SSRIstories is dedicated to posting news articles about antidepressant problems.  Many of us have long suspected that many suicides and homicides in the news are medication-induced even though medication is never mentioned, and where no contributory role is suspected by officialdom.  There is a U.K. organization called Hundredfamilies  (http://www.hundredfamilies.org/ ).  It is concerned about homicides committed by people who are mentally ill, and wants the government to do more to prevent these deaths.  In fact, the NHS often does review or investigate such cases, where a perpetrator was receiving mental health care from them.  These independent reviews offer a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes.  See more …..

From the Web

2016/11/14 - Mom says teen son hanged himself after bullies made rape threats — (The New York Post)

To view original article click here The New York Post By Paul Harper, The Sun November 14, 2016 | 8:52am Tragic Brandon Singh Rayat, 15, was found hanged in his bedroom with a scarf after 16 months of relentless physical and psychological abuse. The British teenager became suicidal after his own friends turned on him […]

2016/11/08 - Missing JNU Student Najeeb Ahmed Was On Anti-Depressants: Police — (Newsworld India)

To view original article click here Newsworld India|New Delhi Updated: November 8, 2016 1:12 pm The search for Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed who went missing from campus on October 15 continues, but police have recently discovered that Ahmed was taking anti-depressants and medicines for insomnia and obsessive compulsive disorder and was depressed the […]

2016/10/25 - Teenager hanged herself at boarding school after watching Channel 4 series — (Report UK)

To view original article click here Report UK By Metro October 25, 2016 A sixth form student at a private boarding school was found hanged just hours after watching the last episode of a Channel 4 black comedy series, an inquest has heard. Rebecca Haley, 18, was discovered in her room at Gresham’s School in […]

2016/09/30 - JAILED: Top court prosecutor from Worcester jailed for six years after trying to kill his wife in frenzied knife attack — (Worcester News)

To view original article click here Worcester News September 30, 2016 Court Reporter, Reporter / @WorcesterNews JAILED: Iain Farrimond, of Battenhall Road, Worcester. SCENE: Police in Battenhall Road, Worcester, after top prosecutor Iain Farrimond attempted to murder his wife Tina A TOP court prosecutor from Worcester has been jailed for six years after trying to […]

2016/09/19 - GP found dead after being suspended over bipolar disorder blog — (Health Diary)

To view original article click here Health Diary 19 Sep 2016 A GP who kept a blog about living with bipolar disorder was found dead after being suspended from work when a patient read her online entries and complained, an inquest has heard. In the weeks leading up to her death, Dr Wendy Potts had […]



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.