Monday, February 10, 2020

More on Jordan Peterson and Benzodiazepine

This appears to be a solid commentary on the recent news from Jordan Peterson's daughter, Mikhaila, on the health of Jordan Peterson.

 Benzodiazepine sounds like a very dangerous drug.




  1. Psychotropic meds (benzos, SSRI/anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, ADHD, etc.) often have severe side effects and are terribly addictive with extreme withdrawal symptoms. Of course, as with almost everything, there is a wide spectrum of human tolerance. Some do OK; others do horribly.

    I recommend viewing/reading some of the works/interviews of Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic. He expected to write a book on the big breakthroughs in psychiatric medicine and how they helped people's lives, but ended up writing the opposite after a thorough review of the literature.

    You can find countless interviews and presentations by Whitaker on YouTube. Molyneux has a couple of excellent ones. He also runs the website.

  2. From your title, "More on Jordan Peterson and Benzodiazepine," this sentence, "Benzodiazepine sounds like a very dangerous drug," and this sentence from the post with his daughter's video, "as a result of taking benzodiazepine," it sounds like you think benzodiazepine is a specific drug. It is not. It is a class of drugs (you can find a list of benzodiazepines here: You aren't the only one misusing that word - I saw it misused on other sites, too.

    Peterson is apparently taking clonazepam (generic version of Klonopin), which is one of many benzodiazepines (plural.) If you don't use the specific medication (clonazepam), the correct thing to say is that he is taking *a* benzodiazepine, not benzodiazepine.

    1. The side effects do not appear to be specific to clonazepam, and are common to benzodiazepine generally:

      "When benzodiazepine treatment is stopped abruptly, patients may develop withdrawal symptoms. Factors that increase the risk and severity of withdrawal symptoms include high doses and long term benzodiazepine use."

  3. "The side effects do not appear to be specific to clonazepam, and are common to benzodiazepine generally"

    No offense, but you still seem to have missed the point, as you are using the word benzodiazepine as if it is the name of a drug. It is not. There are benzodiazepineS (plural), which are a class or group or category of drugs, and someone might be taking *a* benzodiazepine (singular), which is one of the drugs in that category, but there is no drug called benzodiazepine.

    I don't know which specific benzodiazepine Peterson is taking (clonazepam or something else - it doesn't matter), I'm trying to make the point that there is no drug called benzodiazepine. If I'm not making myself clear, perhaps someone else can explain it better. Maybe an analogy - there are a group of plants called "flowers" (roses, tulips, sunflowers), but there is no flower called flower. Someone can have *a* flower, but it isn't called flower.

  4. Oh please, peer reviewed journals referenced at the US National Library of Medicine,
    National Institutes of Health, have articles that discuss Benzodiazepine.