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

2015/06/25 - Antidepressants Linked to Bone Fractures in Menopausal Women – Shorter treatment duration may lower risk, investigators found — (Medpage Today)

To view original article click here Medpage Today Endocrinology 06.25.2015 by Jeff Minerd, Contributing Writer Women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat menopausal symptoms are up to 76% more likely to break a bone, according to an observational study. The increased risk persists for at least 5 years following initiation of SSRI treatment, suggesting […]

2015/06/02 - Antidepressants Are Among the Most Dangerous Drugs Available Causing 40,000 Deaths a Year — (Investment Watch)

To view original article click here Investment Watch by IWB June 2, 2015 More than a decade ago, Dr. Yolande Lucire started noticing high rates of hospital admission and suicide among patients treated with antidepressant medications and antipsychotics. Since then, she has gathered evidence that makes it clear that many people being treated with antidepressants […]

2015/06/01 - Study analyzes link between psychotropic drugs and homicide risk — (Psychology & Psychiatry)

To view original article click here Psychology & Psychiatry June 1, 2015 [Ed. note: Since when was a 31% increase in homicides by people taking antidepressants (vs. people not taking medication) a “slightly elevated” risk?   Also note that this study assumes that the population taking psychotropic drugs is homogeneous, when in fact we know […]

2015/05/25 - Inseparable brothers who were ‘deeply troubled’ die in suicide pact after youngest had suffered years of pain — (The Mirror)

To view original article click here The Mirror 08:04, 25 May 2015 By Laura Elvin Two ‘deeply troubled’ brothers died in a suicide pact by inhaling gas together after one was forced to live in agony, an inquest heard. Tragic siblings Emanuele and Giuseppe Balasco killed themselves following a year of torment for the youngest […]

2015/05/12 - Antidepressants and other mood-altering drugs dangerous with very little benefit, expert argues — (The National Post)

To view original article click here The National Post Sharon Kirkey   More from Sharon Kirkey | @sharon_kirkey May 12, 2015 Antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs provide so little benefit that doctors could stop writing 98 per cent of all prescriptions without causing harm, a Danish expert argues this week in a leading medical journal piece that has […]



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.