Jason Russell, the man behind the “Kony 2012” phenomenon, will remained hospitalized for a prolonged period in the wake of his nude rampage through the streets of San Diego. Today, Russell’s wife Danica released a statement that said her husband was suffering from “reactive psychosis,” and will require treatment for what could be “months.”
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.
Jason will get better. He has a long way to go, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery.
Anyone who saw the video of Russell’s rampage knew there had to be something serious going on there.