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?

2017/09/04 - 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 […]

2017/08/13 - Teacher says suspected Charlottesville driver James Alex Fields Jr. showed extremist ideologies in high school — (The Post-Gazette)

To view original article click here The Post-Gazette Allison Reamer and Lauren Lindstrom, Block News Alliance 12:01 PM Aug 13, 2017 FLORENCE, Ky. — James Alex Fields Jr. expressed white-supremacy ideologies beginning in high school, but a former history teacher says educators did all they could to change the student’s way of thinking. Derek Weimer, a former […]

2017/07/23 - Renowned yoga teacher Michael Stone dies after drug overdose in Victoria — (CBC News)

To view original article click here CBC News Preliminary toxicology results suggest Stone had opioids, including fentanyl, in system when he overdosed By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2017 2:51 PM PT Last Updated: Jul 24, 2017 5:54 PM PT A renowned Buddhist teacher, yoga instructor and author died last week after taking “street drugs” […]

2017/07/20 - The Dark Side of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: Battle With Addiction Inspired and Plagued Singer, Shadowing His Massive Success — (E News)

To view original article click here E News by Natalie Finn  Thu, Jul 20, 2017 5:15 PM In songs about grief, fear, mortality, isolation and everyday self-loathing, Chester Bennington’s voice soared.The Linkin Park singer and songwriter, who candidly talked about how his band’s frequently dark subject matter was indeed inspired by his own emotional turmoil, belted […]

2017/07/07 - Mother accused of stabbing 4 children, husband to death — (WSB-TV 2 Atlanta)

To view original article click here WSB-TV 2 Atlanta by: Liz Artz, Tony Thomas Updated: Jul 7, 2017 – 9:33 AM GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – Gwinnett County police said a man and four children were found stabbed to death in a Loganville home Thursday morning. When officers arrived at the home on Emory Lane, they […]



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.