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Professor suffers from breakdown in class, strips naked

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A professor at Michigan State University was taken to the hospital after the stripped naked in class during a mental breakdown. (Source: Lovelac7/Wikimedia) A professor at Michigan State University was taken to the hospital after the stripped naked in class during a mental breakdown. (Source: Lovelac7/Wikimedia)
Jason Russell is the filmmaker responsible for the viral Kony 2012 activist documentary. He suffered a mental breakdown in March 2012. (Source: Jane Rahman/Wikimedia) Jason Russell is the filmmaker responsible for the viral Kony 2012 activist documentary. He suffered a mental breakdown in March 2012. (Source: Jane Rahman/Wikimedia)

EAST LANSING, MI (RNN) - Math students at Michigan State University fled their lecture after their professor allegedly stripped naked during a mental breakdown.

It was the second public breakdown to receive national attention in recent days.

A caller to Ingham County 911 dispatch reported a man shouting in the hallway of the school's Engineering Building at about 1 p.m. Monday, according to MSU Police.

Officers took the professor into protective custody and moved him to a hospital. He is not expected to be charged with a crime.

The incident went viral after one of the students in the class posted about his professor's breakdown on a Reddit social news site.

The student said the incident happened during his Calculus 1 class and that police took about 15 minutes to respond. He added that he thought his professor was usually eccentric, but "today he went overboard.

"Halfway through class he started screaming at us, swearing left and right. He then started slamming his hands on the window and pressing his face against it, still screaming," said the student.

The professor left the classroom to scream in the hallway, but soon returned.

"He then came back into the classroom and took off his clothes, except for his socks," added the student.

The student reaction to the incident included a blurry smartphone camera photo of officers taking the teacher into custody.

MSU police have not released the professor's identity, and the university's counseling center has made itself available to students in his class.

Incidents involving public mental breakdowns have gotten a lot of attention lately.

Activist filmmaker and director of Kony 2012 Jason Russell was apprehended after he was reportedly seen nude and screaming in San Diego, according to CNN. Russell allegedly disrupted traffic during the incident.

Russell's Kony 2012 went viral after its release in March 2012. The film was produced for activist group Invisible Children.

Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey released a statement saying that Russell received treatment after the incident. Russell was suffering from exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition at the time.

Russell spoke to Oprah Winfrey about his breakdown during an interview in Oprah's Next Chapter. It will air on Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The interview is expected to include reaction from Russell's wife Danica, who blogged about nervous breakdowns after the incident, saying "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."

Common symptoms of a nervous breakdown include calling in sick to work for extended periods of time, avoiding social situations, missing appointments and having trouble with healthy eating, sleeping and hygiene said Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic.

Help from a primary care physician can prevent an extreme mental breakdown. People showing symptoms can also contact a mental health provider for help.

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