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?
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 […]
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 […]
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:
- Dependence and Withdrawal
- Guide to Stopping Antidepressants
- Medicine Induced Stress Syndromes
Click here to view these and other RxISK.org research papers.