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

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A brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir, January First is the extraordinary story of a father’s fight to save his child from an extremely severe case of mental illness in the face of overwhelming adversity.

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"In this dramatic memoir, Schofield, who teaches writing at California State University, explains the mental illness of his young daughter January. During the two years chronicled in the book (when Jani is aged four to six), he attempts to help his daughter, but finally he and his wife accept that she is not just a precocious, forceful little girl with an unusually high number of imaginary friends. The devastating truth: Jani's imaginary friends are near-constant hallucinations, and her violent outbursts and dangerous impulses are a product of child-onset schizophrenia. Schofield's descriptions of his family's struggles along the frustrating, road to a diagnosis — the numerous doctors and ineffectual medications, marital problems, Jani's and the author's suicide attempts — are thoughtfully detailed. But Schofield also offers valuable insight for others in similar situations, and ends on a hopeful note to his family's unorthodox approach to dealing with Jani." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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MICHAEL SCHOFIELD teaches writing courses at California State University, Northridge.   He keeps a blog of his family's journey through Janni's schizophrenia at www.janisjourney.org.

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McGuffy Ann, December 22, 2012 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
This is the true account of a child tormented by mental illness. It is written with the intensity and emotion that only a parent can feel.

From infancy, Janni had conflicts that other children did not seem to have. She was more connected to her imaginary friends than other children. She was absorbed in a world she called Calalini. As time went on, it became apparent that these were, in fact hallucinations.

Janni's parents, unable to help her, sought counsel and medical advice. Ultimately, they were forced to obtain psychiatric intervention. They needed help, but also answers and a direction to resolving Janni's problems.

January became a hazard to herself and her parents; she also became a serious hazard to her baby brother. They could not allow Janni near him for fear that his crying would send her into a rage. Her many problems were tearing the family apart. However, her parents would not give up on the family, or on January.

At the tender age of six, January was finally diagnosed with Schizophrenia. With this diagnosis, her parents were finally able to begin to understand Janni, and to help her.

This is a very emotionally charged account of mental illness and its effects on a very young child, as well as her family. Both heartbreaking and brave, it is a compelling read.
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ISBN:
9780307719089
Author:
Schofield, Michael
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
memoir;schizophrenia;mental illness;non-fiction;parenting
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.7 x 1.1 in 0.9 lb

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Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » General Medicine
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Child Psychology
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Psychopathology » Schizophrenia
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this dramatic memoir, Schofield, who teaches writing at California State University, explains the mental illness of his young daughter January. During the two years chronicled in the book (when Jani is aged four to six), he attempts to help his daughter, but finally he and his wife accept that she is not just a precocious, forceful little girl with an unusually high number of imaginary friends. The devastating truth: Jani's imaginary friends are near-constant hallucinations, and her violent outbursts and dangerous impulses are a product of child-onset schizophrenia. Schofield's descriptions of his family's struggles along the frustrating, road to a diagnosis — the numerous doctors and ineffectual medications, marital problems, Jani's and the author's suicide attempts — are thoughtfully detailed. But Schofield also offers valuable insight for others in similar situations, and ends on a hopeful note to his family's unorthodox approach to dealing with Jani." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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