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Kony Filmmaker Suffered From "Reactive Psychosis," Family Says

•, By Josh Voorhees

Jason Russell's family said Wednesday that the Kony 2012 filmmaker suffered from "reactive psychosis" last week during a bizarre incident in San Diego that ended with police transporting him to a mental-health facility.

"The preliminary diagnosis he received is called brief reactive psychosis, an acute state brought on by the extreme exhaustion, stress, and dehydration," the family said in a statement, the Los Angeles Times reports. "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."

The statement echos previous comments made by Russell's wife and supporters, who said the apparent breakdown was the result of "extreme exhaustion and dehydration." (Slate tackled whether dehydration can make you crazy on Monday. Read the Explainer here.)

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