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

2017/04/20 - GSK Must Pay $3 Million in Generic Paxil Suicide Lawsuit: U.S. Jury — (New York Times)

To view original article click here New York Times By REUTERS APRIL 20, 2017, 5:39 P.M. E.D.T. (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline must pay $3 million to a woman who sued the drug company over the death of her husband, a lawyer who committed suicide after taking a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil, a U.S. jury […]

2017/04/13 - State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam found dead near Hudson River likely committed suicide, police say — (New York Daily News)

To view original article click here New York Daily News BY GINGER ADAMS OTIS THOMAS TRACY LARRY MCSHANE Updated: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 9:26 PM A pioneering state judge found floating in the Hudson River likely took her own life after a recent battle with depression, a police source said Thursday. State Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam […]

2017/04/11 - Shock as trust admits failings at woman’s inquest — (The Portsmouth News)

To view original article click here The Portsmouth News 05:55 Tuesday 11 April 2017 Darren and Leanne Edwards on their wedding day A GRIEVING family have been left in shock after hearing admissions of failure at an inquest into the death of a loving wife. Leanne Edwards died on October 27, aged 45, at her […]

2017/03/30 - Police policy on turning away recruits taking anti-depressants stigmatises mental illnesses: advocates — (Stuff.co.nz)

To view original article click here  Stuff.co.nz DILEEPA FONSEKA Last updated 16:44, March 30 2017 BEN CURRAN/FAIRFAX NZ New recruits with depression must be free of them for two years prior to joining, although the Police say there may be exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Police say new recruits on anti-depressants can’t join the police force, a […]

2017/03/22 - Teenager hanged herself in bedroom after writing ‘to die would be an awfully big adventure’ on wall — (The Mirror)

To view original article click here The Mirror By Danya Bazaraa 17:24, 22 MAR 2017,   Updated19:34, 22 MAR 2017 NOTE: A post-mortem determined that Courtney had been taking the medications prescribed to her, including: the sedative Zopiclone, the opioid Tramadol, and two SSRI antidepressants – Citalopram and Sertraline. The 18-year-old was being treated for depression, had […]



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.