Calalini and the Seven Rats: a man's story of life with a schizophrenic daughter

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    My daughter, the schizophrenic
    (Michael Schofield in the Guardian)


    Her father knew there was something special about his daughter.
    But by the time she was five, his pride had turned to panic


    much more at the link
     
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  3. CocoChanel

    CocoChanel Registered Texan

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    I really appreciate this link wfgodot.
    I am trying to gather my thoughts to comment.
    It is a powerful and moving account.
    Thank you for posting it.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    You're welcome. Thought so too.

    Stories like this make me bless the internet's existence as, without it, most would never get to read them.
     
  5. AlwaysShocked

    AlwaysShocked Well-Known Member

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    Very powerful story. And heartbreaking.

    I have a close relative who (finally) was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 20. Very early on, around 10 months or so, this child was indeed "different" in his behaviors than the other little ones in the family. The very first behavior we noticed was when put down into the crib to nap, the child would put both hands up over his ears and proceed to roll from side to side in a rhythmic manner.

    While his IQ was certainly not 146, he always fell well within the range of normal. And he was tested numerous times as part of evaluations to try to figure out "the problem".

    I will say, we never experienced the violence described in this account. This child was raised with two siblings, one older and one younger. Violent is just not a word that I would attach to him. Perhaps with schizophrenia as with autism, there is a spectrum. Maybe some "have it worse" than others.

    He led his life taking medications. He once lamented to me that he would never lead a "normal life like everybody else". But he almost did. He held an unskilled job position for many years and was described as a good worker. His family loved him.

    If he stopped his meds, which he did several times throughout the years, he would descend into a world of paranoia and voices. Eventually he accepted that he could NEVER stop taking medication.

    He married in his early thirties. His wife was another damaged soul, but they made their way through life together. No children. At 42 he died suddenly of an illness unrelated to the schizophrenia.
     
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    Sailor Bug New Member

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    I remember watching Oprah doing an interview with this Family.

    http://www.oprah.com/health/The-7-Year-Old-Schizophrenic

    Here's another link, it's a blog about the show...
    Oprah ignores child abuse while omitting key facts with a disturbing show featuring Jani Schofield 7 year old Schizophrenic
    http://bipolar-stanscroniclesandnarritive.blogspot.ca/2009/10/oprah-ignores-child-abuse-while.html

    Today Oprah (http://www.oprah.com/media/20090828-tows-schizophrenic-girl-oprah) did a Typically Sad Powder Puff Show on Childhood Schizophrenia featuring Jani Schofield a supposed 7 year old Schizophrenic; <modsnip>

    jmo
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Herding Cats New Member

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    I am, if I were to be brutally honest, not sure what I believe. I've read a lot on Jani and her family - they're local-ish to me - and I can't get past some concerns I have about the parenting I've seen, and some of the issues about abuse (which, frankly, do exist; although not in the same vein as what I've read about...and not to the point of abuse, per se...).

    I have some concerns. I do feel badly about this child and her situation, and for what her parents are going through (and continue to go through). It seems that Bodhi also has autism, or is on the autism spectrum...and this is, of course, a concern and challenge as well.

    I don't know what to think. My heart bleeds for those who suffer mental illness, no matter what age it appears...but, again, being honest here...I'm not too terribly sure that Jani is as ill as is being portrayed. And then again, I don't know.

    Best-
    Herding Cats
     
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    txsvicki Active Member

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    Is this the same girl, named January that a documentary was made about a few years ago? The parents had to live separately to protect the baby brother? I'm trying to read and find out if medication is controlling Jani's symptoms?
    Edited: found it. Meds help turn down the volume but the hallucinations are still there dsily.
     

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