The Shocking Explanation for KONY 2012 Filmmaker Jason Russell's Naked Meltdown (VIDEO)

jason russell Filmmaker Jason Russell with actress Kristen BellLast week, the country stopped and stood there in shock with our jaws gaping wide open when we heard that Jason Russell, the documentary filmmaker behind the incredibly successful Invisible Children campaign, and more recently, the viral phenomenon KONY 2012, lost it. Big time. In public. He was taped pacing around naked on a street corner in San Diego, slapping the ground with his hands, swearing up a storm, referring to the Devil, etc., etc.; it just got worse and worse. It landed him in a local medical facility for evaluation and treatment.

Given Russell's tremendous following and sweet family, his breakdown was disturbing in the least. It also begged a lot of questions ... Namely, what the hell? At first, his wife, Danica Russell, attributed the ordeal to "exhaustion, dehydration," blah blah. Seemed a bit of a stretch. Thankfully, now, his family has revealed his official diagnosis ...


According to Danica's statement, Jason was diagnosed with brief reactive psychosis. She clarified that it had nothing to do with drugs and alcohol, then elaborated:

[Brief reactive psychosis] is 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.

Even though Danica noted that exhaustion and dehydration played a role, I wouldn't be surprised if the diagnosis could be much more attributable to stress. PubMed even describes the condition as "triggered by extreme stress (such as a traumatic accident or loss of a loved one)." As I always say, stress is a greatly underestimated trigger for copious conditions and health issues. And in Jason's case, it's not hard to see why he might have been under a great deal of it.

As for his symptoms, brief reactive psychosis is marked by quite a few, such as speaking strangely, hallucinating, being delusional, and having "disorganized behavior." Reportedly, sufferers can be affected for more than a day, but not usually more than a month. Still -- the diagnosis sounds all sorts of scary. Patients may be treated with anti-psychotic drugs and/or talk therapy. But with hope, Russell will recover naturally with stress relief -- and be back on his feet sooner rather than later to re-join Invisible Children's efforts.

Here's more on Russell's health and the reaction to his breakdown ...


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