Invisible Children Co-Founder Was Suffering from Brief Reactive Psychosis

Invisible Children co-founder and the man behind the dubious KONY 2012 viral video, Jason Russell, was suffering from “brief reactive psychosis” last week when he stripped naked and ran around the streetsĀ helicoptering his penis near SeaWorld San Diego. At least that’s the excuse his wife is using in a statement she released explaining why Jason went batsh*t crazy. She says the condition, no doubt diagnosed by a doctor named Dr. Nick, was brought on by “extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration.”

We would, again, like to make it clear that Jason’s incident was in no way the result of drugs or alcohol. The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by the 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. IC

Jason will remain under observation for the next few weeks. Ms. Russell says the recovery process could take months before he’s ready to resume his role with Invisible Children. Meanwhile, you can honor Jason by continuing to buy into that KONY 2012 video. And don’t forget to purchase the starter kit and KONY friendship bracelets (those exist, right?).

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