(TheFreedomFlag.com) – Professor, psychologist, and philosopher Jordan Peterson has had a rough time of it lately. After learning of his wife’s cancer, Peterson became addicted to benzodiazepine pills and almost died while in an induced coma. The news comes after his daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, released a video online entitled “Peterson Family Update.”
Mikhaila revealed that her father had been taken to Russia for specialist treatment to help him beat his addiction after he was misdiagnosed by doctors in American and Canadian hospitals.
“The last year has been absolute hell for the Petersons. Dad was put on a low dose of a benzodiazepine a few years ago for anxiety following an extremely severe autoimmune reaction to food. He took the medication as prescribed,” Mikhaila said.
“We weren’t aware that he was developing a physical dependence on the drug until last April when my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and the dose of the medication increased. It became apparent that he was experiencing a paradoxical reaction to the medication, meaning the benzos did the opposite of what they’re supposed to do. These reactions are rare but are not unheard of.”
Mikhaila even described a symptom known as “akathisia,” which she said caused Peterson “incredible, irresistible restlessness and an inability to sit still.” The professor was apparently suicidal.
Peterson’s story was picked up by The National Post who reported that he had been diagnosed with pneumonia while in Moscow, but that he is now out of the internsive care unit.
After suffering neurological damage, Peterson is said to be improving but has a long way until he makes a full recovery. He is currently unable to walk or type, but Mikhaila assured viewers that he is “on the mend” and this his sense of humour is back.
Mikhaila also signed off the video by saying the next update should come from her father, though there was no mention of when that might be.
An outpouring of support immediately followed on Twitter, though Peterson did also receive negative comments in the same way that conservative talk show host was targeted after his cancer diagnosis. The nasty, vengeful nature of many left-wing activists is made very visible when bad news like this goes public.