Almost 80% of the UK public believe that antidepressants are addictive. Among the experts, there is a polarised debate of opposing views. Unfortunately, the argument is hindered by a lack of primary research and a virtual absence of research specifically investigating the prevalence of SSRI dependence according to ICD-10 criteria. Alleged SSRI dependence has become an internet “hot topic" and the subject of much media attention. This pilot study aimed to fill in some of the gaps in the literature on this issue.