January First: A Child's Descent into Madness ...Publisher:‎ Crown; Reprint edition (August 6, 2013)Language: English Paperback: 320 pages ISBN-10: 030771909XISBN-13: 978-0307719096Item Weight: 12 ouncesDimensions: 5.25 x 0.7 x 8 inchesBest Sellers Rank: #518,584 in Books #138 in Schizophrenia (Books) #462 in Biographies of People with Disabilities (Books) #821 in Medical Psychology Pathologies

January First: A Child's Descent into Madness ...

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.

About the Author

Michael Schofield has an MA in English and teaches writing courses online for California State University at Northridge. He and his wife, Susan, are co-founders of the Jani Foundation. Michael lives with his family in Valencia, California.


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