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Jason Russell

Naked Meltdown Blamed on

'Brief Reactive Psychosis'

3/21/2012 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jason Russell
's family has a statement on the "Kony 2012" founder's health ... claiming Russell was diagnosed with "brief reactive psychosis" following his naked meltdown ... and will remain hospitalized for several weeks.

The statement reads, "We would, again, like to make it clear that Jason's incident was in no way the result of drugs or alcohol in his body. The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration."

The statement continues, "Though new to us, the doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks. Even for us, it's hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attention - both raves and ridicules, in a matter of days." 

TMZ posted the video last week ... showing a naked Russell ranting maniacally and slapping the pavement before cops detained him on a 5150 psychiatric hold last week.

Jason's family insists ... Russell "will get better" ... saying, "He is, and will remain, under hospital care for a number of weeks; and after that, the recovery process could take months before he is fully able to step back into his role with Invisible Children."

"During that time, we will focus not on a speedy recovery, but a thorough one."


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Didn't they say he was shouting things about the devil. Hmmm Sounds deep. What if the devil was trying to stop him from trying to take down KONY. You never know. And in my field of work i've seen people react this way as a result of someone slipping a drug in their drink. He also could have been drugged!

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That is sad that it spiraled him downward like this.

Hope he has a lot of love and support to help him get better.

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umm, i dunno...pcp makes u behave JUST LIKE THAT! and once you've had a bad batch of that, you're never the same again... (take it from Smokey on Friday)

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For it to take weeks, sounds like he has to be put on medication that take weeks to combat this psychosis thing? Is bipolar disorder considered a psychosis episode? Dehydration does not take weeks upon weeks, IV treatment can combat that in just a few days. It has to be something that requires medication to balance an imbalance out, I would think, in order for it to take weeks.

Either way, hope he gets better for his family and kids.

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Can you say "African Voodoo"...God Bless Jason Russell and all the work he has done.

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Even that TV personality "Dr Drew" says "exhaustion" is bunk and a made up excuse for strange behavior. Drugs.

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I get stressed and dehydrated sometimes. You don't see me running aroung naked outside.

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According to this website below, this "Brief Reactive Psychosis" could go away for him or it could manifest into Schizophrenia.


By definition, psychotic symptoms go away on their own in less than 1 month. In some cases, however, brief reactive psychosis can be the beginning of a more chronic psychotic condition, such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Antipsychotic drugs can help decrease or stop the psychotic symptoms."

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Via Source:

"Brief reactive psychosis is a sudden, short-term display of psychotic behavior, such as hallucinations or delusions, that occurs with a stressful event.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Brief reactive psychosis is triggered by extreme stress (such as a traumatic accident or loss of a loved one), and is followed by a return to the previous level of function. The person may or may not be aware of the strange behavior.

This condition most often affects people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. People who have personality disorders are at greater risk for having a brief reactive psychosis.

Symptoms of brief reactive psychosis may include the following:

Disorganized behavior

False ideas about what is taking place (delusions)

Hearing or seeing things that aren't real (hallucinations)

Strange speech or language

The symptoms are not due to alcohol or other drug abuse and they last longer than a day, but less than a month."

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I once became so dehydrated I went into shock. I did not remove my clothes and dance around like a queen on my street!! Hell, I could barely move!

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I still say those " Bath Salts " Why? Because A Guy here got Naked, and went into walmart freaking out, and They had to shut the whole place down. That **** is like Wildfire out here in MO, So glad i never bit that bullet. Thank GOD.

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Does it matter the details of why he had a meltdown. It shouldn't but clearly he needed help. Statically 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental illness so I'm assuming @ least more than 15 people thus far has a mental disorder.

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I am a mental health nurse. Here is what the DSMV (our go to book) said about this disorder.
"brief reactive psychosis:
A. Presence of one (or more) of the following symptoms:

(1) delusions

(2) hallucinations

(3) disorganized speech (e.g., frequent derailment or incoherence)

(4) grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior

Note: Do not include a symptom if it is a culturally sanctioned response pattern.

B. Duration of an episode of the disturbance is at least 1 day but less than 1 month, with eventual full return to premorbid level of functioning.

C. The disturbance is not better accounted for by a Mood Disorder With Psychotic Features, Schizoaffective Disorder, or Schizophrenia and is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition

So it's not new and seems to be a correct diagnosis.

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Don't drugs also cause dehydration, stress, exhaustion, "brief reactive psychoses," public masturbations, and naked meltdowns.

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