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?

2018/07/29 - Commentary: It’s time for Utahns to reconsider the widespread use of antidepressants — (The Salt Lake Tribune)

To view original article click here The Salt Lake Tribune Jacob Hess, Ph.D., Jocelyn Pedersen, Cassandra Casey, Holli Oram, Karen Welch and Ed and Sharon Fila are involved in local mental health education in partnership with the Utah nonprofit All of Life. July 29, 2018 Utah leaders ​have done a bold thing this year to […]

2018/07/24 - Antidepressant prescriptions for children on the rise — (BBC News)

To view original article click here BBC News 24 July 2018 By Oliver Newlan File on 4 The number of antidepressants prescribed to children in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland has risen over the past three years, figures obtained by BBC’s File on 4 reveal. In England, there was a 15% rise. Scotland saw a 10% […]

2018/07/23 - 10-year-old girl, 18-year-old woman killed in Toronto mass shooting — (The Globe & Mail)

To view original article click here The Globe & Mail Molly Hayes,  Jack Hauen,  Nadine Yousif, Melissa Tait, Jeff Gray Toronto City Hall Reporter,  Patrick White Published July 23, 2018 What we know so far: Two victims are dead. Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said Monday that the victims are an 18-year-old woman from Toronto, later identified […]

2018/07/16 - 911 call: Chanhassen teen killed by deputies was in rage day earlier after car taken away — (Star Tribune)

To view original article click here Star Tribune By Paul Walsh  JULY 16, 2018 — 5:25AM The teenager fatally shot outside his family’s Chanhassen home last week by sheriff’s deputies went into a rage a day earlier after his parents took away his car, prompting a call to 911. Archer Amorosi, 16, died of multiple […]

2018/07/16 - Distraught husband shares grief of ‘hardest moment of his life’ after wife’s heartbreaking text before she hanged herself — (The Mirror)

To view original article click here The Mirror By Bradley Jolly 20:45, 4 JUL 2018 Hayley Cayton was due to go on a romantic getaway with husband John on the day she died. A desperate dad has told of the “hardest moment of his life” after his wife hanged herself at their family home moments […]



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.