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

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

by Michael Schofield
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January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
mommybuddy More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an RN in a very busy ER, we commonly see these patients. And it is VERY sad that medicare/medicaid and insurance have cut back on reimbursements for the psych population admissions. Basically leaving them to fend on their own in an outpatient treatment setting, these patients could all use this gentlemen in their lives or someone like him....a fighter, a patient advocate!
Elsie_Love More than 1 year ago
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.
kellysch More than 1 year ago
January First was a wonderfully told story of a family struggling in the eyes of the father.This book captivates the reader so that you can't put it down,you must see what happens next! Written with raw emotion only a father could possess. You are lead through the horrors a little girl's mind plays on her. Schizophrenia takes it's toll on the whole family,but this book shows the courage one family had to overcome and survive. Very intense! This is a must read!!!
perfect_sorrow More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I was familiar with the story, having seen it on Oprah and 20/20, but to read about the family's struggle with dealing with their daughter's mental illness....wow....I could not put this down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story touched a personal note with me b/c it reminded me of so many of the children that I work with on a day to day basis. They are each special in their own way and the author did a wonderful job of allowing the reader to understand the complexity of this disorder, while appreciating the wonderful human beings that hide behind it. It was real and raw...I could not get enough. It left me wanting to know more about January!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A raw emotion filled book that you won't want to put down. The author grabs your attention from the first paragraph and doesn't let it go till the last word.
voyager8 More than 1 year ago
I haven't been able to put this book down. This father's love for his daughter is beyond words. Nothing is as fascinating as schizophrenia or as evil and destructive. My heart breaks for this poor child this family and their situation. Mind boggling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have watched this family on tv many times and this story always gets me. This story is told by Jani's father..and the emotion is so raw you cant help but feel what this family is feeling and going through. I will and have been recommending this book to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very sad, yet it confirmed my belief that American medicine does not provide quality care to our mental health issues. I appreicate the father sharing his story, yet I can't understand why they didn't reach out to other facilities besides the ones available in California for treatment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully raw and heart wrenching! This book was truly eye opening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a heart wrenching story. This little girl is so lucky to have parents that love her so much. I commend them on all their efforts and wish them the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From beginning to end you feel every struggle, triumph, disappointment and achievement in this fascinating story. Its an incredible documentation of a parent's devotion to their child in the most extreme sense of the word. I was moved yet horrified, but rooting and cheering with every page turn. Bravo. As a parent of a child struggling with social and physical challenges, I know that hope is something you have to cling to not just day-to-day but sometimes hour-to-hour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad...I know how it feels to be completely helpless with the mental health system. Very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pretty inspiring read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! First time I've ever cried while reading a book. Finished it in two days, and I read slow. AWESOME!
Anays More than 1 year ago
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. 
jesslecollett More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book. Starting from childhood mental illness is  real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and educational read from the point of view of a father that loves his daughter through thick and thin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I follow The Jani Foundation of Face Book and I saw that he had this book for sale.  I immediately purchased it and read it in 4 days.  I cant imagine what the family goes thru on a daily basis the book opened my eyes to Child Schizophrenia and how it effects the family as a whole!  Well written and a must read to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book, makes u wonder if u could of hung in there to save this girl from her self? Very hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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I couldnt put it down; as a human & a psychology major I was enthralled.