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

2016/06/12 - Orlando shooter was body builder, reportedly bipolar — (Macleans)

To view original article click here Macleans The Associated Press June 13, 2016 [DRAFT POST PENDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE “BIPOLAR” and bodybuilding.   Bodybuilders often take steroids and people diagnosed with bipolar take antidepressants.   So let’s wait before we judge whether this was about ISIS, or something else.  Dateline NBC with Lester Holt […]

2016/05/31 - HPD: Suspect fired 212 rounds during mass shooting — (ABC Eyewitness News 13)

To view original article click here ABC Eyewitness News 13 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 05:30PM HOUSTON (KTRK) — Houston police say the suspect in Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in west Houston appeared to be suffering from depression and notes he left behind signaled he might have been dealing with mental problems. Dionisio Garza, 25, drove into […]

2016/05/27 - My Daughter’s Medication Was Better Regulated Than the Gun She Used to End Her Life — (Vogue)

To view original article click here Vogue May 27, 2016 By Diane Sellgren,  Art by Jenny Holzer Gun Control: A Personal Essay About Gun Safety and Mental Health My daughter Angela was a beautiful, fun-loving person. She adored her three children and her entire family, and was always the first to offer help to others. […]

2016/05/16 - Mother of fentanyl overdose victim says bullying led her daughter to drug — (News Talk 650 CKOM)

To view original article click here News Talk 650 CKOM By Lasia Kretzel August 28, 2015 – 5:31pm Clad in sweatpants, bunnyhugs and soft blankets, with days of hospital stays on their faces, the parents of Ally Krieg diligently watch over their child. In the next room, their 16-year-old daughter lies in a medically-induced coma as her body recovers from […]

2016/05/09 - Stittsville woman dies from injuries — (The Ottawa Citizen)

To view original article click here The Ottawa Citizen Meghan Hurley, Ottawa Citizen 12.05.2012 Ottawa – In the days after Theresa Lefebvre was viciously attacked with a baseball bat by her husband, her 81-year-old mother was only allowed to see her youngest daughter for a few minutes at a time because Theresa‘s condition was so […]



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.