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?

2019/08/07 - Ohio gunman Connor Betts ‘showed her synagogue shooting video on first date’, says ex-girlfriend Adelia Johnson — (South China Morning Post)

To view original article click here South China Morning Post Tribune News Service Published: 5:56am, 7 Aug, 2019 Betts ‘shared his darkness’ with her after they grew close in social psychology class and bonded over ‘depression humour’ Johnson found it strange when Betts gave her ‘play-by-play’ of video but ‘not too weird’ as they often […]

2019/08/07 - The FDA approve esketamine nasal spray for severe depression — (Medical News Today)

To view original ad click here Medical News Today Published Friday 8 March 2019 By Catharine Paddock PhD Fact checked by Jasmin Collier Regulators in the United States have recently approved a new prescription-only nasal spray for use against treatment-resistant depression. The FDA have approved a new medication for hard-to-treat depression. The Food and Drug […]

2019/08/03 - Saoirse Kennedy Hill once wrote about her depression. Patrick Kennedy wants you to read her words — (KTBS News ABC)

To view original article click here KTBS News ABC By Jason Hanna, CNN Aug 3, 2019 Saoirse Kennedy Hill once wrote about her depression. Patrick Kennedy wants you to read her words Former US Rep. Patrick Kennedy left office years ago to focus on battling a drug addiction and bipolar disorder. Now, after his relative […]

2019/06/18 - Officials: Man who killed mother, stepfather, another man had recently stopped taking medication — (WMURG)

To view original article click here WMURG  News 9 at 6 By National Desk Staff  Updated: 7:42 AM EDT Jun 18, 2019 WYALUSING, Pa. —  A man who killed his mother, stepfather and another man before taking his own life in northern Pennsylvania had recently been fired from his job and stopped taking medications, a coroner […]

2019/06/05 - Jennifer Dulos: Inside the Turbulent Marriage of the Missing Connecticut Mother of 5 — (New York Times)

To view original article click here New York Times By Michael Gold June 5, 2019 He threatened to kidnap their children and take them overseas, she said. She threatened to have the mafia break his legs, he countered. He drove an S.U.V. toward her, swerving away at the last minute, she said. She had mental […]



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.