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

2016/07/24 - Tragedy of St Albans bleach death man — (Herts Advertiser)

To view original article click here Herts Advertiser 22:00 21 July 2015 Debbie White Arthur Lloyd, 75, of Park Street Lane, died at Watford General Hospital on March 25 last year. Herts Coroner Edward Thomas told an inquest last Wednesday, which was attended by 20 people, that it was clear from written information provided by […]

2016/07/23 - High-speed train death accidental — (BBC NEWS)

To view original article click here  BBC NEWS Last Updated: Thursday, 12 June, 2003, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK Former county rugby player Robert Matuszczyk was depressed when he was killed by a high-speed commuter train, an inquest heard. Mr Matuszczyk, 40, of Sherrards Wood, Hertfordshire, had walked out of The Priory Clinic in North London where […]

2016/07/23 - Munich shooting: David S identified as gunman behind shopping centre attack — (The Independent)

To view original article click here The Independent Samuel Osborne July 23, 2016 killed nine people in a shooting spree at a shopping centre in Munich has been identified by police as David S. Police say they believe the gunman is an 18-year-old German-Iranian who was not known to them and had no criminal record. […]

2016/07/20 - Gavin Long said he suffered from PTSD, source tells CNN — (CNN)

To view original article click here (CNN) By Joshua Berlinger and Jason Hanna, CNN Updated 8:52 PM ET, Wed July 20, 2016 (CNN) — Gavin Long, the man who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before a SWAT team officer shot him dead — told friends and relatives that he suffered from […]

2016/07/18 - Accused Richard Bain testifies about ‘big depression’ – Montreal — (Eastern Ontario Network Television)

To view original article click here Eastern Ontario Network Television (EON) Category: CANADA NEWS Created: Monday, 18 July 2016 05:00 Written by CBC News Richard Bain, dressed in a suit and tie, calmly told the jury in his murder trial about his struggles with depression, and how an anti-depressant called Cymbalta changed his life. Bain is the defence’s first witness. He was sworn […]



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.