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January First by Michael Schofield - Excerpt

January First by Michael Schofield - Excerpt

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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 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.

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.

To read more about January First or Michael Schofield please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.
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.

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.

To read more about January First or Michael Schofield please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Copyright © 2012 by Michael SchofieldReader’s Guide Copyright © 2013 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Crown Publishers,an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.comBROADWAY PAPERBACKS and its logo, a letter B bisectedon the diagonal, are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.“Extra Libris” and colophon are trademarks of Random House, Inc.Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Crown Publishers,an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,a division of Random House, Inc., New York, in 2012.Permission to reproduce lyrics to “Yellow Submarine” provided by © 1966Sony-ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights administered by Sony-ATV Music Publishing LLC, 8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203. All rights reserved. Used by permission.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Schofield, Michael, 1976– January first: a child’s descent into madness and her father’s struggleto save her / Michael Schofield.—1st ed.1. Schofield, January, 2002– 2. Schizophrenia in children—Patients—Biography. 3. Schizophrenics—Family relationships. I. Title.RJ506.S3S36 2011618.92’8980092—dc23[B] 2011049462ISBN 978-0-307-71909-6eISBN 978-0-307-71910-2Printed in the United States of America 
Book design by Maria Elias Cover design by Megan McLaughlinCover photograph © James Walker/Trevillion Images 
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Eruki_Vongola added this note
(use translator google please!) Bueno, no tengo mucho por decir. Conoci personas con esquizofrenia, hasta me lleve bien con algunas! Yo siempre he sido tan imaginativa que sentia estar con quien deberia. pero esto... creo que casi lloro, no se porque. Me siento mal por no poder comprar el libro, Lo haria! pero aun no cumplo lo 18 años. Pero aunque no sea util, envio mis mejores deseos y una gran
Ashantina Lindroos added this note
Squizophrenia is not curable! I worked at psychiatric and I leart very much, but can be controlled. For me this a very interesting case and I congratulate her parents to be brave and love her as she deserves!!
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