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January first : a child's descent into madness and her father's struggle…

de Michael Schofield

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A brilliant and harrowingly honest memoir, this 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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An interesting read but very disturbing, and not for reasons that the author-father might imagine. First, I totally agree that mental health services, particularly for minors with major problems, are woefully inadequate and greatly underinsured, and the support available is greatly handicapped by a poor understanding of serious conditions (e.g., schizophrenia) in young children. Nonetheless, it seemed to me that the author & his wife made a lot of bizarre choices and did not wisely use what services were available to them.

I especially did NOT understand why they chose to have a second child apparently in part because their first child (the subject of this book) expressed a desire for a sibling, and this AFTER it was already clear to them that she was very disturbed herself. Also, given that their own family histories apparently had unambiguous patterns of inherited mental illness in very serious forms I did not get why they would compound the difficulties facing their family by having another child. At that point, my sympathy for the parents' plight decreased greatly but I felt even more sorry for their daughter and now son who were/are at the mercy of two adults who apparently can't make rational decisions. I also agree with others here who have noted the inherent creepiness of the PR efforts the author has undertaken to both publicize his book & blog and to make money off them. ( )
  SaraCollins | Jul 10, 2021 |
I read and added this book to my LT account when it came out in 2012, but did not review it at that time, in part because I wasn't sure what to make of it. On the surface, author Michael Schofield and his wife Susan seemed like dedicated, self-sacrificing parents to "schizophrenic" January and her brother Bodhi, but something seemed a little off. The parents seemed to bask in their children's alleged mental illnesses. The family also made the rounds of all the daytime TV talk shows (I missed all of these appearances).

As I write this review, it is seven years later, and I've read that the now-divorced Susan and Michael have lost custody and are being investigated for medical abuse of their children. Both children had been fed high doses of anti-psychotic drugs for years. Allegedly, Susan Schofield even took her son Bodhi to fifty different doctors to try to get him a diagnosis of schizophrenia like his sister's. This book is readable, but it represents further exploitation of Jani and her brother.

I rarely give a book one star; I reserve that low rating for books that have something morally wrong about them. I now consider this to be one of those few books. ( )
  akblanchard | May 11, 2019 |
I can understand why people hated this book. Janni's family seems far more dysfunctional than she is, but I enjoyed reading it. The father has far more issues than his daughter and tries to make himself to be the martyr. I heard that later his wife left him when he had an affair, and yet he claimed it was their fault for putting the children first is incredibly wrong. I feel as though the children were made to be the guilty parties for all of the parent's sins. That being said, I still enjoyed the read. I think sometimes I have to find the good in the characters and other times I'm okay just going along for the ride. ( )
  ISCCSandy | Apr 9, 2019 |
I can understand why people hated this book. Janni's family seems far more dysfunctional than she is, but I enjoyed reading it. The father has far more issues than his daughter and tries to make himself to be the martyr. I heard that later his wife left him when he had an affair, and yet he claimed it was their fault for putting the children first is incredibly wrong. I feel as though the children were made to be the guilty parties for all of the parent's sins. That being said, I still enjoyed the read. I think sometimes I have to find the good in the characters and other times I'm okay just going along for the ride. ( )
  ISCCSandy | Apr 9, 2019 |
Münchausen syndrome by proxy ( )
  turningleaves | Sep 22, 2017 |
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