The family of Jason Russell, founder of the Kony 2012 viral video, has released a statement regarding Russel's health. A video emerged on TMZ last week of Russel naked and ranting in the streets--watch the video below. Russel's family released the statement to TMZ. It cites brief reactive psychosis for the deteriorating condition of Russel's mental and physical health. The statement reads:
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.
It goes on: 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.
Russel and the Kony 2012 video have come under scrutiny for alleged profiteering from the campaign and its Invisible Children counterpart.