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Jason Russell

Naked Meltdown Blamed on

'Brief Reactive Psychosis'

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

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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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76.

Jodi    

Lets see...."brief reactive psychosis" yet he will be in the hospital for many weeks and it will take him months to recover. Doesn't sound "brief" to me. I still say someone slipped Jason a hallucinogenic drug in his food/drink to discredit him. I do not believe this mental breakdown "just happened" because of the fame he was receiving from the video.

756 days ago
77.

J.C.    

Geeze, I'm going to make sure I get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water.

756 days ago
78.

matt    

It's a publicity stunt, not drugs, not exhaustion.

756 days ago
79.

pam    

While some may snicker WHICH BRINGS FORTH PROOF WHY MENTAL HEALTH DOES NOT GET A BREAK FOR MONEY...AND CELEBRITY FUNDING , UNLIKE AIDS AND AUTISM. THOSE TWO DISEASES HAVE , IN 20 YRS., MADE IT FURTHER IN RESEARCH THAN MENTAL DISORDERS HAVE IN 100 YRS. WHAT HE SUFFERS FROM IS TRUE. A PSYCHOTIC BREAK CAN BE BROUGHT ON BY MANY THINGS, ASK JANE PAULY, ROSIE DONNELL AND SO MANY MORE.AND YET THEY HIDE BECAUSE OF YOUR LAUGHTER?, ASK A DOCTOR ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS AND THEN SAY SOMETHING THAT MAKES SENSE FOR IT IS A DISEASE THAT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. AFTER MY DAUGHTER TOLD ME ABOUT THIS I FELT COMPELLED TO WRITE AND I AM GLAD I DID. LET ME HOPE IF YOU ARE WITH CHILD OR YOUR WIFE IS, THIS CHILD YOU MADE DOES NOT SUFFER THE GROWING NUMBERS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (OVER 10 MILLION) DUE TO OVERWORK, SUBSTANCE ABUSE,OR GOD GIVEN. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO CAN SUFFER AT ANYTIME WITH THIS.

756 days ago
80.

Jesse    

I wonder if I can go out naked and smack my junk around on a busy street corner and and just say I had a brief reactive psychosis and see if will not get arrested. I will let you know this eveing how it all worked out

756 days ago
81.

patty    

the arrogance of this family, it is insulting the lies they throw out and expect us to believe - if they aren't going to admit the truth, then just don't say any thing - holier than though liars

756 days ago
82.

beeGee    

in the unedited video it can be clearly seen that jason has a bunch of those kony bracelets tied around his testicles; so maybe this incident was a form of protest or, a combination of protest & homosexual dehydration?

756 days ago
83.

pam    

DO NOT FORGET ALCOHOL IS A DRUG ALSO, YET I HEAR NOT ONE WORD ABOUT IT.IT CONTRIBUTES TO MORE DEATHS AND REHAB STINTS THAN ANY OTHER DRUG, BEING A DOCTOR AND SAYING THIS TO YOU SILLY CHILDREN GIVES ME HOPE YOU WILL GROW UP OR WE ARE IN FOR A HOPELESS AMERICA.

756 days ago
84.

Jim    

What a smokin', full blown idiot. Who is this cat anyway? What does he do other than make a fool out of himself?

756 days ago
85.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Okay, so he has witnessed atrocities and was fine with that. But mass attention to his cause breaks him? I'm just not buying what their selling. If what some people are saying is to be believed, what broke him (or "broke" him, because it could be an act) is the scrutinizing of his organization and money it brings in.

756 days ago
86.

mike    

Is that what you call a bad meth trip now?

756 days ago
87.

Rolm    

Aww so nice only white rich people get this disease. If he was black he would be 6 feet under with 20 bullet holes by the cops at the seen.

756 days ago
88.

Deesker    

Do these idiots really expect us to believe this? I think aliens had something to do with his complete meltdown.

756 days ago
89.

AliiG    

He was so Extremely Exhausted, and so Extremely Dehydrated that he could jump up and down while slamming his hands on the sidewalk?!?! Shouldn't he have passed out somewhere instead?

756 days ago
90.

Drowdie    

Bipolar disorder type I. Psychotic mania. The truth shall set you free.

756 days ago
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