Kony 2012’s Jason Russell Says Cause of Public Meltdown Was ‘Brief Reactive Psychosis’

Amanda Hasaka / March 21, 2012

Jason Russell, the man behind the charity Invisible Children as well as the viral Kony 2012 video, has finally disclosed why he had a very public meltdown in San Diego last week.

In a statement, his wife Danica said: “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. 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.”

On Thursday of last week, he was seen running around his San Diego neighborhood naked, and shouting obsceities. He was then detained and put on a 5150 psychiatric hold.

The statement continued:

“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.”

A few weeks ago, Jason was thrust into the spotlight after a video of him bashing Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony went viral.