January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her by Michael Schofield

January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

Book Title: January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 030771909X

Author: Michael Schofield


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At age six January Jani Schofield was diagnosed with one of the most severe cases of child onset schizophrenia on record Hallucinating constantly she is at the mercy of her imaginary friends some of whom are friendly while others tell her to scream at strangers jump out of buildings and attack her baby brother Jani is torn between two places Calalini the illusory home of her imaginary friends and our world When potent psychiatric drugs that would level most adults barely faze her the line dividing delirium from reality grows dangerously blurry Amid Jani s struggle are her parents who face seemingly insurmountable obstacles daily just to keep both of their children alive and safe Their battle has included a two year search for answers countless medications and hospitalizations allegations of abuse despair that almost broke the family apart and finally victories against the illness and a new faith that they can create a happy life for Jani A passionate and inspirational account January First is a father s soul bearing memoir of the daily challenges and unwavering commitment to save his daughter from the edge of insanity while doing everything he can to keep his family together Now with Extra Libris material including a reader s guide and bonus content 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 schizo