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A Psychological Autopsy on Michael Jackson

Axis I
296.32: Major Depressive Disorder, Recurrent, and Moderate
300.7: Body Dysmorphic Disorder 307.1: Anorexia Nervosa
304.90: Other Substance Dependence
Axis II
301.22 Schizotypal Personality Disorder
301.4: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Axis III
Vitiligo
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Axis IV
995.54: Physical Abuse of child
V61.20: Parent-Child Relational Problem
Axis V
68

Michael Jackson showed evidence of Body Dysmorphic Disorder due to the significant impairment that his idealizations caused on his personal life. Since an early age Michael was exposed to “taunting by his father, calling him ‘Big Nose’” which caused continuous issues with his self-image (Rich). In 1979, Michael also broke his nose when in rehearsal. Complications with a rhinoplasty while correcting the fracture made it difficult for Michael breath. This resulted in Michael receiving another rhinoplasty to fix the problem. Several surgeons have speculated that Jackson had undergone multiple nasal surgeries, a forehead lift, thinned lips and a cheekbone surgery (Rich).
Also due vitiligo, a deterioration of the pigment in the skin, Michael develop a low self-image of himself (Rich). He even stated in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey that his father used to tell him how ugly he was and that he didn’t like looking in the mirror because he would never be happy with how he looked (Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Full Interview). Many health professionals have also “publicly stated their belief that the singer had body dysmorphic disorder”. (Rich)
Michael has also suffered from Anorexia Nervosa. Those that were close to the singer said that he was often dizzy. There was also had a period of time in the early 80’s where Jackson lost a significant amount of weight do to his lust after "a dancer 's body" (Rich). This period of significant weight loss seemed to become a trend and problem later on for Michael.



Cited: Levy, Dr. Richard. "The Michael Jackson Autopsy: Insights Provided by a Forensic Anesthesiologist." n. page. Print. <http://www.omicsonline.org/2157-7145/2157-7145-2-138.php?aid=2172>. Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Full Interview . 1993. Film. 11 Mar 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2EF-iYpqR8>. Rich, Dr. Judith. ""It Hurts To Be Me": Confessions Of Michael Jackson." Huffpost- Healthy Living. 01 07 2001: n. page. Web. 11 Mar. 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-judith-rich/it-hurts-to-be-me-confess_b_222381.html>.

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