After a year's break, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson released a new video on his YouTube channel due to multiple health problems.
The video summary says, "I've moved home to Toronto after spending a lot of the past eighteen months in hospitals. I 'm hoping my wellbeing has changed to the point that I can start creating original material again. I 'm grateful to those of you who are watching for your support over this time of distress. I think you're those dealing with the COVID crisis successfully."
Dr. Peterson experienced a paradoxical benzodiazepine reaction. He also had pneumonia and COVID-19. He now looks in excellent health, expecting to start making content soon.
'I 'm alive': Jordan Peterson returns to Canada after long medical attention.
Peterson claims he suffered from 'seriously compromised fitness,' by taking benzodiazepines, mostly used to relieve anxiety, and eventually avoided their use.
Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychology professor who skyrocketed to fame before leaving the public eye for nearly a year, shared an emotional new video online, explaining that he is back home in Toronto following months of finding medical attention for benzodiazepine-related withdrawal symptoms.
"Hopefully, there's much behind me and I will return to something of a regular life," Peterson said.
In the eight-minute film, Peterson describes that he suffered from "seriously compromised health" after beginning to take benzodiazepines, medications like Valium, mostly used to relieve anxiety, in 2016 or 2017 and eventually halting their take, which he said contributed to addiction and neurological injury, setting off the hunt for doctors who could support him.
"That's taken me in and out of hospitals for the last year," he said.
Peterson said he continued using benzodiazepines and "really never considered a second."
"It was the least mistake," he said.
Professor at the University of Toronto stardomed his opposition to Bill C-16, a piece of legislation that applied gender identity to Canada's civil rights and criminal codes. He then wrote the bestselling self-help book 12 Rules for Life, was a National Post columnist and a widely-viewed YouTube speaker.
Peterson said that during his recovery, which he said took him from Connecticut to Russia, Serbia and back to Canada, family , friends and the desire to keep working and writing were what kept him alive "during what was probably the hardest time of my life."
He said his family, particularly his wife, son, daughter, and their spouses, provided "tremendous support" and were of invaluable value.
"I'm alive and have future plans," Peterson said, his voice breaking softly as he thought to his friends and relatives.
Peterson pursued specialist care and rehabilitation overseas, and during the summer in Belgrade, Serbia, contracted COVID-19. Peterson also thanked social media followers and all who bought his book.
"I hope that what I create will be of equal or better value in the future. That's an optimistic hope ... but it still seems fitting for my upcoming events, "he stated.
He said he's working on his next book, having video plans for a new video series on the Bible's second book, Exodus. He also has a series on Genesis, Bible's first book.
But first, he said, preparing a series on the book of Proverbs, the Old Testament aphoristic book.
"I think the study of those who can be completed in a very short period would help me and even those that are willing to watch or listen to my study," Peterson said. "With God's grace and mercy, I'll be able to regenerate original content and take up where I left."