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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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What a load of bull! Your gonna feed us that crap in 2012 and still have us believe we're eating steak? The kids all messed up on drugs, plain and simple. So beings really tired and thirsty makes you take off all your clothes in the middle of the day and think your having a conversation with the devil? Lol, what an addict.

948 days ago


That is a very nice family. Peace out.

948 days ago

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

B.S. can you say CRANK,SPEED,METH.F,n freak.

948 days ago

Mary P    

"People who have personality disorders are at greater risk for having a brief reactive psychosis."

BRP doesn't describe what he was doing. It's hallucinations and delusions. Not grabbing out your wanker on the street and jizzing on cars. It's not brought on by diet either.

And it's incredibly insulting that he didn't feel this way interviewing the child soldier he propagandized, it wasn't triggered by stories he apparently told, the poor nutrition while building these ghost schools - but by the public seeing his mission?


Try again for a better fake explanation next time!

948 days ago


Whether it was a meltdown, drugs, alcohol, whatever it was it doesn't matter. I still hope that people remember this isn't about him, it's about the children who are suffering and we are doing this for the better. Just because one of the leaders made a mistake shouldn't stop people from helping the cause.

948 days ago


Reminds me of the homo that wanted to save the brown bears in Alaska.

948 days ago


Gay, does not = personality disorder

948 days ago


Come out of the closet, dude. You would be so much happier.

948 days ago

charlei harper    

That's one crazy mutha...and look, this time it has nothing to do with the christians, homos or lesbos...

948 days ago


Voting PCP also. Stress - related reactive psychosis usually doesn't involve this much naked public hyperactivity.

He NEEDS to come out.

948 days ago


Despite my beliefs about Invisible Children and the harm it could do to Ugandans, I feel sorry for his family. As a child, I'm sure it's hard for his son to understand what's going on with daddy right now who is so obviously not in his right mind.
I hope for his son's sake he recovers and I hope for the sake of Uganda Jason Russell starts operating in facts rather than propaganda.

948 days ago


I call radishes on that, he might have had a psychotic break, but it was probably due to drugs. Might be amphetamine psychosis, but I'm thinking it looked more like psychodelics (i.e. bad acid trip). Now if he was up in the woods ranting like that, no problem. Bad acid mixed with the wrong local, equals 5150. Hahaha, oh well.

948 days ago


In other words.... DRUGS.

948 days ago


It's called backing down. Busy body got taught a lesson and now he's keeping his mouth shut to keep his family safe.

948 days ago


brief reactive psychosis is not brought on by dehydration. they are inserting that in there, knowing that the facility he is at can't confirm or deny because of patient confidentiality.

"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 can also be a beginning of a more chronic condition like schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and it can affect people with personality disorders.

Hope whatever is going on he gets better.

948 days ago
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