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Canadian psychologist and lecturer Jordan Peterson has looked at some serious health and family issues over the past year, leading him to take time out from the public. The professor at the University of Toronto has now revealed more details about what has been going on in his life since last summer.
Public speaker Jordan Peterson reported in a new podcast of his daughter Mikhaila about his “unbearably horrific” experience of physical dependence on the psychotropic drug benzodiazepine.
Peterson, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Serbia, extensively discussed the causes and effects of the physical addiction he developed from benzodiazepine. The professor was prescribed the drug back in 2016 to treat anxiety caused by a severe allergic reaction to food that lasted for several weeks. After his 30-year-old wife, Tammy, was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer last year, the dosage of the drug Peterson was taking was increased. According to the psychologist, however, this only increased his anxiety to an unbearable level.
While his wife recovered “miraculously” in mid-August 2019, the professor’s health deteriorated. He tried to completely stop taking the anti-anxiety drug for some time, which he thought was not a good idea. He then developed a condition called “akathisia” which made it impossible for him to remain still and lead a normal life. Peterson has not been able to get the treatment necessary for his health in North American hospitals. Therefore, in November 2019, his family decided to take him to Russia for detox treatment that left him “unconscious” for nine days while his body recovered from benzodiazepine addiction.
After treatment, Peterson managed to recover from akathisia and leave Russia free of benzene. He then traveled to Florida and on to Serbia to continue rehabilitation after anxiety and neurological complications caused by physical dependence on the drug.
The professor announced that he now feels “things will be put back together” as he worked on his new book, tentatively titled “Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life,” which he said that it is due in July and “is doing pretty well”.
Peterson, who gained international fame back in 2016 with his YouTube series and criticized Canadian legislation mandating the mandatory use of gender-neutral pronouns in relation to non-binary people, also addressed his broad audience of supporters and critics during the podcast.
“If you wait to learn from people who do not make mistakes or have no tragedy in their life, you will be waiting a long time to learn,” said the professor, commenting on whether his ideas “might be.” taken seriously “now after the health crisis.
“In my lectures and writings, I have never claimed that I am anything other than one of the people who had to learn this lesson, these lessons. So I accepted myself into the population of those who needed moral improvement, ”he added.
After the Jordan-Mikhaila conversation was published, many fans of the professor rushed to share their joy that Jordan has finally returned to public life and is visibly feeling better.
“It’s like seeing a long-lost friend after decades. Stay strong, never give up and remember that you can enjoy when happiness comes down on you. We love you, we miss you, “wrote a YouTuber.
“When I saw JP appear on my screen, I was torn. We all owe so much to this man and he doesn’t ask for anything, ”added another.
Nice to have you back, Dr. Peterson. I hope for the best after the hell you went through
– Edo Marić (@ am3nn) June 30, 2020
Welcome back @jordanbpeterson! I’m glad to hear your voice again. It is urgently needed at this point. I wish you all the best and hope to hear more from you
– Parallel Tea Co. (@paralleltea) June 30, 2020
In June, Jordan Peterson turned 58 and his daughter Mikhaila shared a touching post to celebrate his birthday. Commenting on a photo of sitting next to her famous father, she said that last year was “the toughest year” in Peterson’s life, but that the professor would “take the next year by storm”.