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?

2018/07/14 - Minnesota authorities investigating after teen fatally shot by deputies — (Fox News)

To view original article click here Fox News By Robert Gearty July 14, 2018 Archer Amorosi, 16, was killed in Chanhassan, Minn., Friday after his mother called deputies to report his son was suicidal and threatening her.  (Twitter) A 16-year-old Minnesota boy was shot and killed after his mother called 911 to say that he […]

2018/06/22 - Travels with Anthony Bourdain — (The New Yorker)

To view original article click here The New Yorker By Patrick Radden Keefe June 8, 2018 Anthony Bourdain, who has died at the age of sixty-one, will be remembered for his infectious enthusiasms, his brash exuberance, and his capacity for reinvention. Photograph by William Mebane for The New Yorker When I woke up this morning […]

2018/06/16 - Liverpool soldier killed himself weeks after suicide of friend with PTSD — (The Liverpool Echo)

To view original article click here The Liverpool Echo Phil Cardy Dan Warburton 20:56, 16 JUN 2018  Updated 21:16, 16 JUN 2018 Liverpool soldier killed himself weeks after suicide of friend with PTSD [and, presumably, medications for it – Ed] Rifleman John Paul Finnigan, from Huyton, stood shoulder to shoulder with Kevin Williams and the pair […]

2018/06/16 - Colorado family gunned down in road rage incident — (The Worcester, Massacheusetts Telegram)

To view original article click here The Worcester, Massacheusetts Telegram By The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM Updated Jun 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM DENVER — A 12-year-old boy told police he saw a driver open fire on his family during a road rage confrontation in Colorado, killing his older brother and critically wounding his mother and younger brother, authorities said […]

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. […]



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.