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

2015/08/24 - Mom desperate to get help for son, Makes multiple attempts to get mental health assessment — (The New Glasgow News)

To view original article click here The New Glasgow News Sueann Musick Published on August 24, 2015 NEW GLASGOW – A mother’s guilt is running deep for one Pictou County mother. Shawna – not her real name but being used to protect the identity of her and her son – said she was so desperate […]

2015/08/17 - Rawson man sentenced to 32 years for rape — (The Findlay-Hancock County Courier)

To view original article click here The Findlay-Hancock County Courier ­ Posted On Mon. Aug 17th, 2015 By: The Courier A Rawson man was sentenced Monday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to 32 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl. Gary A. Martin, 56, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Niemeyer for four counts […]

2015/08/05 - Former cattle breeder shot herself in the face after suffering stress when faced with losing her farm — (Daily Mail)

To view original article click here Daily Mail By Gemma Mullin for MailOnline Published: 16:05 GMT, 5 August 2015 A former cattle farmer shot herself in the face after suffering stress when she had to sell off her herd and was faced with losing her farm, an inquest heard today. Michele Wilde, 53, who was […]

2015/08/03 - Teenagers, Medication and Suicide — (New York Times)

To view original article click here New York Times AUG. 3, 2015 Richard A. Friedman [Note: This kind of misleading information, almost certainly directly or indirectly pharma-sponsored , is the reason that the general public remains unaware of the enormous risks – especially relative to the benefits – of SSRIs and other antidepressants.   Professor Friedman’s […]

2015/07/30 - ‘Frightened, fatigued’ mother of three who fatally stabbed violent cousin jailed for five years — (Sydney Morning Herald)

To view original article click here Sydney Morning Herald Date July 30, 2015 Mark Russell, Court Reporter for The Age Woman admits stabbing cousin.   Ringwood mother acted in self-defence, court told A frightened and fatigued mother of three who fatally stabbed her drunk, violent cousin has been jailed for five years. Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry […]



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.