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?

2018/08/28 - Mother charged with murder in toddler daughter’s death appears in court — (CBS46)

To view original article click here CBS46 Posted: Aug 28, 2018 8:15 PM EDT Updated: Aug 30, 2018 11:14 AM EDT By WGCL Digital Team NEWTON COUNTY, GA – The Newton County mother charged with murder after telling a 911 dispatcher she had shot her 2-year-old daughter appeared in court Thursday morning for a formal reading […]

2018/08/28 - OPP overhauling mental supports in wake of suicides, Widow wants force to set aside time for officers to talk about difficult calls — (CBC News)

To view original article click here CBC News Ashley Burke · CBC News  Posted: Aug 28, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: August 28 Ontario’s provincial police force is expected to announce changes to its mental health support system in response to the recent suicides of three officers. OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes is expected to announce details later […]

2018/08/28 - Jacksonville shooter had history of mental illness, Katz was in treatment at least as early as age 12 — (News 4 Jax)

To view original article click here News 4 Jax By JOSE PAGLIERY, CURT DEVINE, AND DREW GRIFFIN, CNN INVESTIGATES Posted: 12:44 AM, August 28, 2018 Updated: 12:44 AM, August 28, 2018 (CNN) – David Katz, the shooter who killed two people and wounded 10 others before taking his own life at an e-sports tournament in Jacksonville, […]

2018/08/27 - Death of a Calgary titan: The spectacular rise and tragic fall of George Gosbee — (Globe and Mail Magazine)

To view original article click here Globe and Mail Magazine Kelly Cryderman and Jeffrey Jones Published August 27, 2018 Updated August 27, 2018 The wealthy oil patch financier seemed to have it all. Beneath the surface, friends and family say he fought alcoholism and mental illness to the end. When his best friend needed help, George Gosbee […]

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 […]



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.