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.

Behind the scenes at the NHS

SSRIstories is dedicated to posting news articles about antidepressant problems.  Many of us have long suspected that many suicides and homicides in the news are medication-induced even though medication is never mentioned, and where no contributory role is suspected by officialdom.  There is a U.K. organization called Hundredfamilies  (http://www.hundredfamilies.org/ ).  It is concerned about homicides committed by people who are mentally ill, and wants the government to do more to prevent these deaths.  In fact, the NHS often does review or investigate such cases, where a perpetrator was receiving mental health care from them.  These independent reviews offer a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes.  See more …..

From the Web

BBC’s “Panorama – A Prescription for Murder?” available on YouTube. Is it possible that a pill prescribed by your doctor can turn you into a killer?

2018/04/04 - FBI and Ithaca Police Find AR-15, Homemade Bomb in Former Cornell Student’s Apartment — (The Cornell Daily Sun)

To view original article click here The Cornell Daily Sun March 16, 2018 By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs This post has been updated. The criminal complaint is embedded at the end of this article.FBI agents and local police seized an AR-15 rifle, a homemade bomb, a bulletproof vest, 300 rounds of ammunition and a plethora of other weapons, combat apparel and survival supplies from […]

2018/04/04 - SSRIs & why I handed in my gun — (MINDS.com)

to view original article click here MINDS.com SARAH EAGLESFIELD APR 4, 2018, 11:58:17 PM After a series of family deaths, I sunk into a depressive state. I wasn’t suicidal, but I sought medical help. It wasn’t the depression that made me suicidal, it was the drugs. In fact, the drugs didn’t make me suicidal either: […]

2018/03/16 - DNA on drugs: How genetic tests could make prescriptions more precise — (The Globe and Mail)

To view complete original article including data charts click here The Globe and Mail Carolyn Abraham – Special to The Globe and Mail Published March 16, 2018 It’s well known that different people can react differently to the same drug, with some patients feeling no effect – and some experiencing unwanted, even fatal, reactions. Now that reading […]

2018/03/08 - Mental Health Challenges: A Holistic Problem Requiring A Holistic Solution — (Reader comment)

Article posted is original to SSRIStories.org By Lucy Wyndham March 8, 2018 The human mind is an incredible and complicated machine, with the line between normal differences in personality and mental illness unclear. In the United States, antidepressant prescriptions increased by 65% between 2002 and 2017. While many of these medications will be legitimate and necessary, it seems […]

2018/02/17 - Florida Agency Investigated Nikolas Cruz After Violent Social Media Posts — (The New York Times)

To view original article click here The New York Times By Audra D. S. Burch, Frances Robles and Patricia Mazzei Feb. 17, 2018 Nikolas Cruz appearing via video feed in court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Thursday. CreditPool photo by Getty Images PARKLAND, Fla. — A Florida social services agency conducted an in-home investigation of Nikolas […]



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.