“Kony 2012” founder Jason Russell’s recent naked breakdown was caused by “brief reactive psychosis,” according to a statement from the activist’s family.
Russell will remain hospitalized for several weeks and his family wanted to restate that his breakdown had nothing to do with drug or alcohol abuse.
“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 my extreme exhaustion, stress, and dehydration,” according to the statement.
The statement also reads that doctors said Russell’s condition was brought on by the great mental, emotional, and physical shock that his body has gone through in the last two weeks.
Russell’s family insists that he will get better and that it will take a few months before Russell will resume his work with Invisible Children. During that time they will focus on not a speedy, but thorough recovery.
Invisible Children is an organization that uses social action to end the use of children soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war that has been going on in central Africa. Russel’s “Kony 2012” video has become a Youtube sensation in the past few weeks, sparking controversy amongst viewers.
TMZ captured a video of a naked Jason Russell stomping around on a sidewalk, slapping the pavement, and dropping F-bombs just several days ago. Russell was not arrested or charged with anything, but was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold and is currently in the hospital recovering from his “brief reactive psychosis.”