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?

2018/10/30 - Troubling Details Uncovered In Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Suspect Robert Bowers Past — (KDKA CBS Pittsburgh)

To view original article click here KDKA CBS Pittsburgh October 30, 2018 at 7:35 pm PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers fits the profile of a lone wolf, someone with few if any friends who cultivated a secret life of hate on the internet. Bowers grew up in a home in Baldwin […]

2018/10/17 - Much-loved paramedic killed himself after receiving ‘unwanted phone calls’, inquest hears — (Devon Live)

To view original article click here Devon Live By Anita Merritt 17:06, 17 OCT 2018   Updated 18:52, 17 OCT 2018 “It is plain Colin was much-loved and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.” A senior ambulance manager who was being investigated at work due to a complaint against him and had been receiving […]

2018/10/04 - TRAGIC MUM  Beautician, 30, hanged herself after post-natal depression made her wrongly fear social services would take her newborn away — (The Sun)

To view original article click here The Sun By Phoebe Cooke 4th October 2018, 9:27 am  Updated: 4th October 2018, 11:48 am Magdalena Honour’s company director husband was at a wedding when his wife, who was ‘over the moon’ at discovering she was pregnant, took her own life A BEAUTICIAN hanged herself after her post-natal depression […]

2018/10/01 - Young mum hanged herself after losing job at doctor’s surgery — (Metro U.K.)

To view original article click here Metro U.K. Jen Mills Monday 1 Oct 2018 5:57 pm A young mother hanged herself after she was sacked from her job at a doctor’s surgery, an inquest heard today. Victoria Pocock killed herself while her partner and their infant son were asleep upstairs. The 27-year-old was found hanging […]

2018/09/25 - ‘One of the loveliest people I ever knew’: Suicide tragedy of the Manchester Royal Infirmary nurse who struggled with self doubt

To view original article click here Manchester Evening News By Amy Walker 06:55, 25 SEP 2018   Updated 08:23, 25 SEP 2018 An inquest was told that dedicated Clara Malagon hit a ‘low ebb’ weeks after treating young victims of the Manchester Arena attack A newly-qualified nurse who had a promising career ahead of her took her own […]



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.