- The Washington Times - Friday, February 7, 2020

Jordan B. Peterson’s family says the famous author is recovering after a scary four weeks spent in an ICU related to an emergency medical benzodiazepine detox.

The clinical psychologist behind the bestselling “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” experienced a living hell when his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and his body reacted in strange ways in response to an increased dosage of medication.

Mikhaila Peterson, the famous author’s daughter, updated his 2.52 million YouTube subscribers on his condition Friday.

“Dad was put on a low dose of a benzodiazepine a few years ago for anxiety following an extremely severe autoimmune reaction to food,” she said. “He took the medication as prescribed. Last April when my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the dose of the medication was increased. It became apparent that he was suffering from both a physical dependency and a paradoxical reaction to the medication. A paradoxical reaction means the drugs do the opposite of what they’re supposed to. These reactions are rare but are not unheard of.”

Mikhaila added that her father experienced akathisia, which is a condition “where the person feels an incredible, endless, irresistible restlessness, bordering on panic, and an inability to sit still.”



“After several failed treatment attempts in North American hospitals, including attempts at tapering and micro-tapering, we had to seek an emergency medical benzodiazepine detox, which we were only able to find in Russia,” she added. “It was incredibly grueling, and was further complicated by severe pneumonia which we’ve been told he developed in one of the previous hospitals. He’s had to spend four weeks in the ICU in terrible shape, but, with the help of some extremely competent and courageous doctors, he survived.”

She added that an update directly from her father will happen as he heals.

“The uncertainty around his recovery has been one of the most difficult and scary experiences we’ve ever had,” she said. “It appears that we are going to get through this by the skin of our teeth.”

Doctors who treated the author have told the family that he likely suffered a physical dependence on benzodiazepine due to changes it made to his brain within in a matter of weeks.

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