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

2015/09/16 - Data from Study 329, that Claimed to show Paroxetine is Safe and Effective for Adolescents, Actually Showed the Opposite — (Various)

To view original article click here Restoring Study 329: efficacy and harms of paroxetine and imipramine in treatment of major depression in adolescence – BMJ by Joanna Le Noury, John M Nardo, David Healy, Jon Jureidini, Melissa Raven, Catalin Tufanaru, and Elia Abi-Jaoude, published Sept. 16, 2015 Below is a selection of media stories on the BMJ Article Restoring Study 329, with the link, title […]

2015/09/15 - Ghana records 1,500 suicide cases annually — (GhanaWaves)

To view original article click here GhanaWaves Sep 15  2015 Written by samuel Ghana records 1,500 suicide cases annually Ghana records about 1,500 suicide cases annually, the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Authority, Dr Akwasi Osei, has revealed. That figure, he said, constituted about seven per cent loss of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but […]

2015/09/15 - Nebraska man blames Zoloft in girlfriend’s 2002 killing — (Tri-City Herald)

To view original article click here Tri-City Herald September 15, 2015 The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska man convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2002 is blaming an antidepressant for his actions and requesting his case be re-examined by a judge. Randall Robbins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Brittany […]

2015/09/15 - Prescription pills are Britain’s third biggest killer: Side-effects of drugs taken for insomnia and anxiety kill thousands. Why do doctors hand them out like Smarties? — (Daily Mail)

To view original article click here Daily Mail Online By Professor Peter Gøtzsche As told to JEROME BURNE Published: 01:10 GMT, 15 September 2015 80 million prescriptions for psychiatric drugs are written in UK every year Psychiatric drugs are the third major killer after heart disease and cancer Professor Gøtzsche reveals the scale of the issue […]

2015/09/15 - Common antidepressants ‘linked to increased risk of violent behaviour in young people’ — (Belfast Telegraph) Rx for violence? — (LA Times)

To view original article click here Belfast Telegraph By John von Radowitz Published 15/09/2015 Common antidepressants have been linked to an increased risk of young people committing violent crimes. A Swedish study found that taking the drugs, known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs,) raised the likelihood of someone aged 15 to 24 being convicted […]



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.