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

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended!

Once I started reading, it was so difficult to put it down. Michael Schofield wrote a beautiful and heart wrenching story about his inspiring daughter and the struggles they endured as a family in dealing with her illness. Great job Mr. Schofield and I hope only the b...
Once I started reading, it was so difficult to put it down. Michael Schofield wrote a beautiful and heart wrenching story about his inspiring daughter and the struggles they endured as a family in dealing with her illness. Great job Mr. Schofield and I hope only the best and positive things in all your futures!

posted by mommybuddy on September 14, 2012

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10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

January Doesn't need to be bleak

People fear what they don't understand. The time has come for people to understand the truth about schizophrenia. Not what is portrayed in the movies. Not what the lamestream media wants to publicize, but The Truth, all of it, even the parts that aren't pretty (not many...
People fear what they don't understand. The time has come for people to understand the truth about schizophrenia. Not what is portrayed in the movies. Not what the lamestream media wants to publicize, but The Truth, all of it, even the parts that aren't pretty (not many are).
Go on, say the word. Let it roll around on your tongue a bit before forcing it past your lips into the open air.
Feels weird, doesn't it? Not so bad, right? Now, try to attach it to someone you love: your best friend, your sister or (God forbid) your own child. Ask yourself this: if my child were suffering, what would I want the world to know about them? How would I want them treated? How would I cope? Who could I trust? Where would we go? How would we function in this place where people shield their eyes and run?
Bet you can't even begin to guess. I'm going to go so far as to say, I bet many a reader will pick this book up, read a few chapters, form a few misguided opinions about bad parenting, set it down and thank their lucky stars that it isn't THEM who is affected--it isn't THEIR child lashing out, talking to trees (or dogs or unicorns or demons or...pick your poison here) lost in the world, relying on psychiatry to catch up to the rest of modern medicine and praying people will be kind.
But it could be you. If it could happen to Jani, the offspring of two intelligent, loving parents who doted on her and held every aspiration of sending her straight to the top to take over the world, it could happen to you. It happened to me. It happens every day, to families everywhere who feel they have to walk around stigmatized for a biochemical grenade which buried itself in their loved one's brain and blew up when they least expected it.
And that, my reading friends, is exactly why you need to read this book.
Not only is it well written, it is gritty, raw and truthful. It doesn't paint mental illness in any light other than the one that illuminated the Schofield family. And their light, no matter how much it dimmed, never went out.
Instead it became a beacon of hope.

posted by Elsie_Love on August 28, 2012

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Highly recommended!

    Once I started reading, it was so difficult to put it down. Michael Schofield wrote a beautiful and heart wrenching story about his inspiring daughter and the struggles they endured as a family in dealing with her illness. Great job Mr. Schofield and I hope only the best and positive things in all your futures!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Honest and provocative non-fiction

    Powerful and honest. At times, Janni's struggles jump from the page and you can feel Michael and Susan's suffocation from the constant tension.
    Well worth the read if you have an interest in human nature; dont read if you believe you are perfect and that parenting is easy. The picture painted in book is certainly not through a rose-colored lense but the honestly of the author is what has endeared the nation to his familly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    A Parent's Nightmare

    This book helps bring to light the nightmare that is childhood mental illness. It is not a long book but an important one. A father's heartbreaking story of his daughter's journey into mental illness and how her parents refuse to give up hope.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Pretty good

    A pretty inspiring read.

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

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    This is a fascinating read. In two sittings, I devoured this boo

    This is a fascinating read. In two sittings, I devoured this book and all that it had to offer.  It is wonderfully written and definitely something that's not full of medical jargon or  out of reach concepts.  It's very candid and informational.  I will say that it was a bit much to read about this father's incessant "helplessness", him being the only one who could help his daughter, etc.  But I do understand and have witnessed myself how the mind works when in such emotional strain.  I didn't see it as a narcissistic, especially after getting to the end and really reading through what he was feeling and going through. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Heartbreaking

    As a parent who has dealt with the inadequacies of the mental health system and the fear of watching a child struggle with a mental illness (not as severe as Jani's) this book struck a chord with me. The helplessness her parents feel while being continuously let down by the system is a very real problem and the cold facts are that there are way too many young people who need inpatient psychiatric care that don't get it because the system is irreparably broken. I challenge any parent to read this book and NOT be heartsick at the struggles of this family and all families struggling with mental illness! Part of bringing about change is ending the stigma surrounding mental illness-we all need to get talking!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This was a beautiful, yet heart-breaking story. The father is willing to do whatever it takes to get his daughter what she needs. He is a true hero. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Riveting

    At turns shocking, heartbreaking, and awe inspiring story. A page turner that will haunt you for days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Good Book

    This is a very good book in reading about a very young child having a complete break with mental reality. It also shows how stupid and idiotic this childs father is refusing to except reality, preventing his daughter getting properly treated and diagnosed two yeats earlier. Stupid, stupid man.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    January first

    I enjoyed the sample and find the author a caring father , this book is amazing!

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