January First: A Childs Descent into Madness and Her Fathers Struggle to Save Her by Michael SchofieldA brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir, January First is the extraordinary story of a fathers fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.
At six years old, Michael Schofields daughter, January, was diagnosed with one of the most severe cases of child-onset schizophrenia that doctors had ever seen. In Januarys case, she is hallucinating 95 percent of the time that she is awake. Potent psychiatric drugs that would level most adults barely faze her. January, Jani to her family, has literally hundreds of imaginary friends. They go by names like 400-the-Cat, 100 Degrees, and 24 Hours and live on an island called Calalini, which she describes as existing on the border of my world and your world. Some of these friends are good, and some of them, such as 400, are very bad. They tell her to jump off buildings, attack her brother, and scream at strangers.
In the middle of these never-ending delusions, hallucinations, and paroxysms of rage are Janis parents, who have gone to the ends of the earth to keep both of their children alive and unharmed. They live in separate one-bedroom apartments in order to keep her little brother, Bohdi, safe from his big sister—and wage a daily war against a social system that has all but completely failed them. January First is the story of the daily struggles and challenges they face as they do everything they can to help their daughter while trying to keep their family together. It is the inspiring tale of their resolute determination and faith.
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Susan and Michael Schofield have no letup in their grueling day —- year-old Jani is one of the youngest children ever to be treated for schizophrenia, and now her 6-year-old brother Bodhi, though not officially diagnosed with the same disorder, has violent outbursts and self-harming behavior that suggest he might also have the disease. Their son has been diagnosed with severe autism and intermittent explosive disorder and has had five hospitalizations at a UCLA psychiatric facility this year, his parents said. With Jani, there was the fear of suicide after she made a couple of attempts. The Los Angeles couple, who have been married since , went public with their story to highlight the struggle of parents raising children with mental illness. They have devoted their entire lives to keeping their family together and not sending their children to a psychiatric institution. But the strain is taking a toll.
And it's about time someone knocked the queen on her duff! Disgusting how she employed a feigned empathy to profit from this poor baby! Kids and animals know, who are the real monsters in the world Everyone is saying how Oprah is talking to this young girl. How can you fault Oprah?? I wonder if this was before or after her mother was on Dr.
Videos for Imaginary Friends. Look back on Oprah's visit with Jani, a 7-year-old schizophrenic who had more than imaginary companions. For more Jani Schofield, Then to Now - This is my video exploring how Jani Schofiled has changed throughout the years. At about my subtitle reverted somehow and Jani's Ongoing Battle with Schizophrenia
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Michael and Susan Schofield, who have appeared on multiple reality TV specials about their schizophrenic daughter January and autistic son Bodhi, are getting divorced. Jani, who is now twelve years old, was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was only six. While Jani has always been very talkative about her hallucinations and what she was going through, her brother is less verbal, and tends to self-harm. Two adults have to be with him at all times in order to restrain him when he starts lashing out. Michael Schofield writes that the decisions he and his now former wife Susan made to put their children first hurt their marriage. We were angry all the time. We were embittered.
A recent Thursday afternoon found the Schofield family at a chain restaurant in Valencia, Calif. Sister and brother January, 9, and Bodhi, 4, shared macaroni and pizza kids' meals while parents Michael and Susan coordinated their children's busy schedules. It may have looked like a typical family scene, but for this Southern California family of four it was anything but: At one time, seeing the Schofields all together and at peace would have seemed unthinkable. January -- nicknamed Jani -- has childhood-onset schizophrenia. As early as age 3, the precocious child who could count to 1, began withdrawing from other children, became angry easily and spent more and more time in complex world of imaginary friends.
A student with schizophrenia is 'haunted' by horror movie villains every day. Ms McGough, whose condition has caused her to visit a psychiatric ward several times, said: 'I refer my hallucinations to these horror movies as it's the easiest way I can describe my experiences, because I don't see anything like them in real life, only in the horror genre. Schizophrenia affects 1. Worldwide, up to 51 million people suffer, with past research suggesting patients are around 50 per cent more likely to attempt suicide. Cecilia McGough, who suffers from schizophrenia, is 'haunted' by movie villains every day. Ms McGough pictured with her boyfriend Siddharth Sharma, 21 hallucinates coming face-to-face with the terrifying clown from Stephen King's iconic horror film 'It' on a daily basis.