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January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her - Michael Schofield
January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her
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Michael Schofield’s daughter January is at the mercy of her imaginary friends, except they aren’t the imaginary friends that most young children have; they are hallucinations. And January is caught in the conflict between our world and their world, a place she calls Calalini.  Some of these... show more
Michael Schofield’s daughter January is at the mercy of her imaginary friends, except they aren’t the imaginary friends that most young children have; they are hallucinations. And January is caught in the conflict between our world and their world, a place she calls Calalini.  Some of these hallucinations, like “24 Hours,” are friendly and some, like “400 the Cat” and “Wednesday the Rat,” bite and scratch her until she does what they want.  They often tell her to scream at strangers, jump out of buildings, and attack her baby brother.   At six years old, January Schofield, “Janni,” to her family, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, one of the worst mental illnesses known to man.  What’s more, schizophrenia is 20 to 30 times more severe in children than in adults and in January’s case, doctors say, she is hallucinating 95 percent of the time that she is awake. Potent psychiatric drugs that would level most adults barely faze her. A New York Times bestseller, January First captures Michael and his family's remarkable story in a narrative that forges new territory within books about mental illness. In the beginning, readers see Janni’s incredible early potential: her brilliance, and savant-like ability to learn extremely abstract concepts. Next, they witnesses early warning signs that something is not right, Michael’s attempts to rationalize what’s happening, and his descent alongside his daughter into the abyss of schizophrenia.  Their battle has included a two-year search for answers, countless medications and hospitalizations, allegations of abuse, despair that almost broke their family apart and, finally, victories against the illness and a new faith that they can create a life for Janni filled with moments of happiness.   A compelling, unsparing and passionate account, January First vividly details Schofield’s commitment to bring his daughter back from the edge of insanity.  It is a father’s soul-baring memoir of the daily struggles and challenges he and his wife face as they do everything they can to help Janni while trying to keep their family together. 
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307719089 (0307719081)
Publisher: Crown
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Mikka liest das Leben
Mikka liest das Leben rated it
3.0 January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her
Bevor ich dieses Buch gelesen habe, hatte ich schon diverse Reportagen über Janni Schofield gesehen, sowie Interviews mit ihren Eltern und unzählige Auftritte in Talkshows. Und dabei hatte ich mehr und mehr den Eindruck gewonnen, dass Janni vielleicht gar nicht schizophren ist - sondern ihre Eltern ...
A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it
4.0 Book Review: January First by Michael Schofield
This book was absolutely riveting -- one of those books that made me want to drive long distances so that I could keep listening to it and that seeped into my consciousness often when I was away from it. But it's one of those books that grips you because it's so horrible; I couldn't imagine how diff...
JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it
Dad's story of the struggle to get the appropriate diagnosis and support for his schizophrenic daughter. The book adds a few incremental details to the story Michael Schofield has told widely through his blog, videos, and interviews. As is often the case with illness/disability memoirs, the pacing ...
Marcia
Marcia rated it
If this book was a novel I probably would have rated it higher. Since it was a true story, I thought it was just ok. I found myself not liking Michael very much. Instead of being united with his wife, I felt that he chose to make it him and Janni against the world. If this had been a novel I wou...
Amara's Eden
Amara's Eden rated it
3.0 January First by Michael Schofield
January First was tragic.There's no other word for a child suffering undiagnosed schizophrenia than "tragic", and reading about a young couple struggling to not only manage their daughter's psychosis but also to get a diagnosis at all is equal parts stressful and heartbreaking.January First was terr...
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