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?

2017/10/04 - Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was prescribed anti-anxiety drug months before killing — (The Washington Examiner)

To view original article click here The Washington Examiner by Kyle Feldscher Oct 4, 2017, 10:19 AM Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock was prescribed the anti-anxiety drug Valium in June, a drug that has aggressive behavior as a possible side effect. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Paddock was prescribed the medication in June. He was […]

2017/09/21 - ‘I defended myself’: accused claims mental illness in Maxi grocery murder — (CTV Montreal)

To view original article click here CTV Montreal The Canadian Press Published Thursday, September 21, 2017 1:01PM EDT   Last Updated Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:42PM EDT The man on trial for murdering a clerk at a grocery store admits to killing her, but said he did so because he was mentally ill. Randy Tshilumba, on […]

2017/09/12 - Records: 8-year-old girl dies after mom overdoses her with anti-depressants — (The Iowa Register)

To view original article click here The Iowa Register Linh Ta, lta@dmreg.com Published 7:31 p.m. CT Sept. 12, 2017 An Iowa mom was arrested Monday after she allegedly gave her 8-year-old-daughter pain medications she wasn’t prescribed, resulting in her death, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged 34-year-old Misty Dawn Frazier, of Glenwood, on Monday. She’s being […]

2017/09/04 - BULLIED TO DEATH Tragic young Stirling mum took her own life on her 23rd birthday after internet trolls made her life hell – and even post vile comments AFTER her death — (The Scottish Sun)

To view original article click here The Scottish Sun By Ellie Cambridge 4th September 2017, 8:14 am Updated: 4th September 2017, 8:58 am Leanne Morrison died on her 23rd birthday after trolls taunted her – and even after her tragic death the bullying appears to have continued A YOUNG Scots mum took her own life […]

2017/08/18 - James Fields Jr.: A neo-Nazi’s violent, rage-fueled journey to Charlottesville — (The Chicago Tribune)

To view original article click here The Chicago Tribune Abigail Hauslohner, Paul Duggan, Jack Gillum and Aaron C. DavisWashington Post August 18, 2017, 7:32 pm    Florence, KY Late in his senior year of high school, James Fields Jr. was excitedly mapping his future, hoping to join the Army right after graduation. Although his political […]



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.