The End Of Paxil Progress?

I’m planning on finishing up blogging by the end of this year (as I mentioned in a previous post). However, I plan to leave my blog online as I feel it is a very important resource for psychiatric drug casualties (particularly for those who took Seroxat/Paxil). It also documents GSK’s criminal history- and contains numerous other issues relating to the Seroxat scandal etc- therefore it will be left open for anyone to read.

Yesterday a website called Paxil Progress went offline suddenly and it seems that it has been taken offline permanently. The site had been running for 14 years, and there are literally tens of thousands of stories of people’s experiences with psych drugs contained in its various forums. It is (or was) an incredible resource for psych-drug users and an incredibly useful information sharing portal. When I was looking for help and guidance throughout my very difficult Seroxat withdrawal, I found the support and advice from members of Paxil Progress invaluable. It seems a terrible shame that this vital resource has now been effectively wiped from the internet. Over the years Paxil Progress gathered literally tens of thousands of members, hundreds of thousands of posts, and a huge community was created. Now it seems, that’s all gone…

I understand that the admin moderator, Scotty (Laurie Yorke), seems to have just had enough of moderating the site (running sites like that can be thankless, tiring and stressful), and it was a site which was certainly no stranger to drama and controversy, but what I don’t understand is: why was the site shut down completely? Why was is shut down so quickly? (within a day it seems) and also what will happen to the information contained in the site?

Surely there were also other people (moderators, long term members etc) who would have been willing to continue administrating the site- to keep it going?

Anyhow, we might never know the full facts, but thankfully there is another website called Surviving Antidepressants, which many of the previous Paxil Progress members seemed to  have flocked to. For those suffering from anti-depressant/psych drug withdrawal and side effect issues, it’s a site which might be worth checking out…

I sincerely hope that Laurie can maybe pass the Paxil Progress site on to others who might be interested in moderating PP, and that the information can be opened up again for people to see online, if not- it seems to me that an entire history of many people’s experiences has been needlessly erased, and that- in my opinion is a shameful travesty…