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?

2020/07/01 - Enraged husband choked wife to death then hung himself while two-year-old son slept in cot — (The Daily Record)

To view original article click here The Daily Record By Tom Hitchenor 19:00, 1 JUL 2020 Kiril Nemcev attacked his wife Lana after they argued about her mother moving in with them. Kiril Nemcev strangled his wife Lana Nemceva to death (Image: Express) A husband flew into a rage and strangled his wife to death […]

2020/07/01 - ‘Gifted’ schoolboy, 18, killed himself by crashing into a lorry after missing out on place at top uni — (The  Sun)

To view original article click here The  Sun Britta Zeltmann 1 Jul 2020, 10:46   Updated: 1 Jul 2020, 11:52 CRUSHED BY ANXIETY – A “GIFTED” schoolboy killed himself by crashing into a lorry after missing out on a place at a top university, an inquest heard. Jasper de Pelet, 18, had attended one of the country’s top […]

2020/06/23 - Steve Bing pals: Suicide spurred by money, drugs and mental health struggle — (Page Six)

To view original article click here Page Six By Emily Smith June 23, 2020 | 9:55pm Hollywood and business mogul Steve Bing died by suicide following a yearslong battle with depression and financial woes after blowing much of his $600 million fortune, friends said. Bing, 55, died after jumping from his 27th-floor apartment in LA’s Century City on Monday. He was […]

2020/06/23 - WHY WAS HE FREE? Reading terror suspect Khairi Saadallah released from mental hospital days before attack after severe psychotic episode — (The Sun)

To view original article click here The Sun Nick Parker 23 Jun 2020, 22:02 | Updated: 23 Jun 2020, 22:03 ANGER grew on Tuesday over why terror suspect Khairi Saadallah was not detained before his alleged kill spree. He was held after three people were knifed to death in a park. The alleged spice addict, 25, collapsed from a severe […]

2020/06/21 - Barrow man Paul Joseph Smith had ‘potentially lethal’ concentration of antidepressants in system — (The Mail)

To view original article click here The Mail 21st June, 2020 By Tom Murphy  @TomMurphyTM, Audience and Content Editor A 46-YEAR-OLD man from Barrow was found with more than 10 times his standard dose of two different antidepressants in his system. In recording a short-form conclusion of suicide, a coroner ruled that Paul Joseph Smith, who […]



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.