Psychosis Diagnosis Could Mean Jason Russell Is a Genius (VIDEO)

jason russellIt's a shame that Jason Russell's apparent case of "brief reactive psychosis" is currently getting more attention than Kony 2012 or Invisible Children. Fighting African war atrocities is still a worthy cause. The director's diagnosis doesn't automatically render his work "psychotic."

That said, I get why people are suddenly doubtful. The video footage of Russell's freakout is intense, to say the least. And I think it's likely Russell really might be struggling with a mental illness like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia (as so many people are wondering).

But here's the thing: Some of the most significant contributions made to this world were made by mentally ill people. And it's possible they wouldn't have made those contributions if they weren't mentally ill. History is filled with examples ...

Advertisement

Isaac Newton, for example, is believed to have suffered from manic depression, as did Ludwig van Beethoven, Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo and Virginia Woolf.  Of Winston Churchill's bipolar disorder, author Anthony Storr wrote:

"Had he been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the nation. In 1940, when all the odds were against Britain, a leader of sober judgment might well have concluded that we were finished."

Am I saying we can expect stability from Jason Russell? Not at all. He's reportedly going to be in the hospital for weeks. After that, will he return to Invisible Children? Maybe. Maybe he'll be fine for a series of weeks or months or years. Maybe he'll have another psychotic episode in a matter of days.

But Jason Russell's future can't take away the validity of his past contributions.

Does Jason Russell's psychosis make you look at Kony 2012 in a different way?

Image via TMZ

Read More >