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

2017/02/14 - Celebrity dog walker killed herself after becoming stressed with running her business, inquest told — (The Sun)

To view original article click here The Sun By ANDY CRICK 14th February 2017, 11:23 pm  Lucille Kennedy, who starred in the BBC show The Apprentice, had battled depression in the past A CELEBRITY dog walker who appeared on The Apprentice hanged herself after becoming stressed with running her business, an inquest heard yesterday. Lucille […]

2017/02/06 - The Quebec [Mosque] attack: The accused was being treated for anxiety and alcohol problems — (Actualité, Journal de Quebec)

To view original article (in French) click here By STÉPHANE ALARIE Friday, Feb 3, 2017 06:30 The suspect in the shooting at the Quebec mosque was under the influence of alcohol and  antidepressants at the time of the attack. If the authorities had known of his this, he would have been denied a permit for possession […]

2017/02/05 - Go to Jail. Die From Drug Withdrawal. Welcome to the Criminal Justice System — (Mother Jones)

To view complete original transcript click here Mother Jones Julia Lurie Feb. 5, 2017 9:00 AM When Tyler Tabor was booked in a jail outside Denver on a spring afternoon in 2015, he told a screening nurse that he was a daily heroin user and had a prescription for Xanax. A friendly, outdoorsy 25-year-old with […]

2017/01/28 - Irving dynasty son Kenneth reveals his dark depression, and fight to health — (The Globe and Mail)

To view complete original article click here The Globe and Mail MENTAL HEALTH Erin Anderssen Last updated: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 11:01 AM EST He was the scion of New Brunswick’s wealthiest family, a seemingly successful executive working with his father to oversee their dynasty. Below the surface, things were different. Erin Anderssen talks to Kenneth […]

2017/01/27 - Ex-Fort Carson soldier admits to killing man in botched robbery — (Colorado Springs Gazette)

To view original article click here Colorado Springs Gazette By Lance Benzel Updated: January 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm An ex-Fort Carson soldier on Friday admitted that he plunged a knife into a man’s throat, killing him, after surprising the victim during a botched burglary last year in Colorado Springs. Daniel Alan Newell, 25, kept […]



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.