Michael Jackson is beginning to show symptoms of extreme stress, as demonstrated by an increase of physical ailments and a susceptibility to illness resulting from his molestation trial.
That at least is the view of a Los Angeles psychologist, Robert R. Butterworth Ph.D. He asserts that a "psychological meltdown" is observable in Jackson, as the testimony and the reality of the charges begin to penetrate his psyche.
"Stress has the power to not only disable one emotional equilibrium but it can manifest itself as a breakdown of one physical health. Jackson's back pains, and Flu symptoms both requiring hospitalisation fit the picture of an individual under extreme stress and moving down the path to an possible emotional breakdown."
Butterworth expects that Jackson will have increasing difficulties in keeping his emotional symptoms in check, as the trial proceeds.
"Jackson has lived his entire life in a protective bubble surrounded by sycophants, family and security. He has yet to face the reality of a man alone stripped bare of all his psychological defenses. One wonders if he has the emotional capacity to endure this process, says the psychologist."