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

2016/05/16 - 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 […]

2016/05/03 - Veteran’s suicidal past wasn’t known when police put him in cell, inquiry hears — (The Globe and Mail)

To view original article click here The Globe and Mail RENATA D’ALIESIO Published Tuesday, May 03, 2016 9:54PM EDT EDMONTON — Military police would have watched an Afghanistan war veteran around-the-clock while he was locked up in a cell had they been aware of his suicidal history, a provincial inquiry into a corporal’s death was told […]

2016/04/26 - Mountie admits hitting, burning son, tells court “I am living with the devil.”— (Metro News)

To view original article click here Metro News By: Terry Pedwell The Canadian Press Published on Tue Apr 26 2016 OTTAWA — A Mountie accused of torturing and starving his 11-year-old son told an Ottawa court he was in a constant battle to control the boy’s bad behaviour — a battle that ultimately resulted in him […]

2016/04/19 - Coroner: Kindra Chapman committed suicide by hanging — (The Birmingham News)

To view original article click here The Birmingham News By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com The Birmingham News on July 27, 2015 at 10:32 AM, updated July 27, 2015 at 11:52 AM Kindra Chapman’s grandmother still has questions about her death The death of 18-year-old Kindra Chapman has officially been ruled a suicide, authorities announced today. […]



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.