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?

2018/06/09 - Listless And Lonely In Puerto Rico, Some Older Storm Survivors Consider Suicide — (Kaiser Health News)

To view original article click here Kaiser Health News By Sarah Varney May 10, 2018 HUMACAO, P.R. — A social worker, Lisel Vargas, recently visited Don Gregorio at his storm-damaged home in the steep hillsides of Humacao, a city on Puerto Rico’s eastern coast near where Category 4 Hurricane Maria first made landfall last September. […]

2018/06/06 - Andy Spade Gives Heartbreaking Statement On Wife Kate Spade’s Death: ‘We Can’t Even Begin To Fathom Life Without Her’ Rachel West — (MSN)

To view original article click here MSN Rachel West Jun 06, 2018 Andy Spade, the husband of designer Kate Spade, is speaking publicly about his wife’s death at age 55. “Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years,” Spade […]

2018/05/21 - Two murder charges in bizarre killing of family members — (Gaston Gazette)

To view original article click here Gaston Gazette By Kevin Ellis, Gazette staff Posted May 20, 2018 at 2:28 PM,   Updated May 20, 2018 at 10:10 PM Many people in Gaston County’s law enforcement community have long considered Roger Self a friend, which leaves many questions about why he drove his Jeep through a Bessemer City […]

2018/05/19 - Margaret River massacre: Depression drug clue to grandfather’s murder of family — (Perth Now)

To view original article click here Perth Now Trevor Paddenburg, PerthNow May 19, 2018 12:00PM TOPICS WA News AustraliaRegional WA MARGARET River grandfather Peter Miles had started taking antidepressant medication just weeks before he shot dead his wife Cynda, daughter Katrina and four grandchildren on their hobby farm. Mr Miles had put on weight in recent […]

2018/05/18 - Her husband took his own life after he was bullied on the job. Robert Duhaime’s employer denies bullying, but Workers’ Compensation Board has ruled differently — (CBC)

To view original article click here CBC By Alicia Bridges May 18, 2018 Brenda Duhaime holds one of the memory pillows made out of T-shirts that belonged to her husband, Bob. He took his own life last year, after a period of what she describes as bullying and harassment at work. (Alicia Bridges/CBC) Listen 27:30 […]



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.