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?

2019/06/05 - Jennifer Dulos: Inside the Turbulent Marriage of the Missing Connecticut Mother of 5 — (New York Times)

To view original article click here New York Times By Michael Gold June 5, 2019 He threatened to kidnap their children and take them overseas, she said. She threatened to have the mafia break his legs, he countered. He drove an S.U.V. toward her, swerving away at the last minute, she said. She had mental […]

2019/05/24 - GP ‘did not follow guidance’ for suicidal Bristol University student — (The Guardian)

To view original article click here The Guardian Steven Morris  @stevenmorris20 Fri 24 May 2019 11.52 BST Last modified on Fri 24 May 2019 16.00 BST Coroner says GP gave Natasha Abrahart medication but no follow-up appointment Natasha Abrahart, a physics student, had severe social anxiety. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt/The Guardian A senior coroner has expressed concern […]

2019/05/24 - Brighton student took her own life two days after taking Xanax and Ketamine — (The Sussex Tab)

To view original article click here The Sussex Tab April 5, 2018 Kate Tyrer Police were called after she had an ‘out of character rage’ whilst on Xanax A University of Brighton student took her own life after taking Xanax. Georgia Jackson, 21, hung herself two days after an “out of character rage” resulted in […]

2019/05/23 - Ashley Massaro Died of Apparent Suicide After Claiming Years of Depression, Injuries Suffered from WWE Career — (The Blast)

To view original article click here The Blast May 17, 2019 at 8:38 am PDT By Gary Trock,Mike Walters 2:10 PM PT — The WWE responded and claims Massaro actually apologized for taking part in the lawsuit against the company. Ashley Massaro died after apparently taking her own life, and in heart-wrenching accusations by the […]

2019/05/14 - ‘She just wanted to be a mum…’ – Tragedy of carer Steph, 34, who was battling demons of postnatal depression when she plunged to her death off A50 bridge — (The Stoke Sentinal)

To view original article click here The Stoke Sentinal By StokeonTrentLive Reporter 05:00, 14 MAY 2019 Stephanie Housley had enjoyed a meal just hours earlier Mum-of-one Stephanie Housley had been diagnosed with postnatal depression just months before jumping to her death from a bridge over the A50. The 34-year-old, of Hurst Street, Longton, was pronounced […]



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.