Oct 12, Three days after Bodhi was born, she lobbed a TV remote control at him, lunged at him, then They will soon take part in genetic research studies. But after her diagnosis, the couple had two choices – send January to an . champions by seven points with Man City hosting the Reds to kick of the new year. Oct 6, Meet Jani, a 7-year-old girl with childhood schizophrenia whose hallucinations sometimes make her violent. How her parents are working to. Watch Full Episodes, Get Behind the Scenes, Meet the Cast, and much more. Stream Born Schizophrenic FREE with Your TV Subscription! Big changes lie ahead for Susan Schofield, who is raising two children with mental illness; Jani, 14, diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 6 and Jani's Next Chapter: Meet Seven.
I couldn't get her to do any writing. That is where all your problems are going to come from. I see our son's heartbeat as a staggered yellow line crossing the monitor screen. His name will be Bodhi.
Just 10 months ago I had no intention of ever having another child. Susan had been talking about it for a while, reminding me that her "time was running out".
But that was not why I finally agreed. I wanted Bodhi for one reason and one reason only: Bodhi is the biggest gamble I have made in my life. For five years, we've been trying to find another child who would "get" Janni's imagination, and failed. So this is my last-ditch attempt.
If I can't find a child who Janni can relate to, maybe I can create one.
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In the three days since we brought him home, we have come to fear the slightest peep out of him. As soon as he begins to stir, we put a dummy or bottle into his mouth.
A weak cry comes from the cot. The countdown to detonation has begun. I can hear the fear in his voice. He doesn't know what is happening.
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Janni throws the remote control at Bodhi. Susan starts to get up, twisting to shield Bodhi. Janni reaches up and drives her fist into Susan's stomach, just below Bodhi's dangling legs. I have seen this every day since we brought Bodhi home, but it still paralyses me for a moment, the sight of my daughter attacking my wife and son. Susan turns her back to Janni, trying to shield Bodhi. Janni's fist comes down on her back so hard, I can hear the thud from across the room.
I grab Janni and feel her fist slam into the side of my head. She is punching me as hard as she can. I get Janni into the bedroom and on to the bed, where I can hold her until this passes. And it always does. This explosion of violence subsides as quickly as it comes. I lie next to her, holding her arms down.
I can't understand why she insists on telling me the truth. New Year's Eve Dr Howe has toys in her office. There is a dolls' house and Janni is playing with it.
We're always there to protect him. Susan starts to talk about the endless violent explosions. Dr Howe listens and then asks us about our family histories. Susan chimes in with, "And then there was my grandmother's brother. My dad said he used to scream all the time. Schizophrenics are those people raving to themselves on street corners. Dr Howe looks at her notes, bobbing her head, as if trying to decide what she wants to say. It's money we desperately need.
By late morning we're given a break and I go out into the corridor and call Susan. Dr Howe keeps pushing for it because Janni is not responding to medication. If we put her in one, I feel we will have crossed a point of no return. I persuade Susan to leave. Later, I talk to Janni. I can't help it.
She loves the other girls and they love her. It's as if she suddenly has a dozen older sisters.
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Susan keeps telling her, "This is like living in a hall of residence, Janni. I know Susan is saying that as much for herself, to ease her own pain, as for my benefit, but you go away to college at 17 or 18, not five. The doctor doubts Janni is bipolar or schizophrenic. Two weeks later she is discharged on the same medication she was on going in. We are back where we started. September One of Janni's doctors has told us we need to be tougher with her; that she needs to learn there are consequences to her actions.
Susan insists Janni can't control her behaviour, but I decide he's right. We've been living in fear and I'm tired of it. Everything she could be, all her potential, will be lost, and I will not let that happen. If I have to be the parent I never wanted to be, the ball-busting father, I will do it. Janni is in a time-out in her bedroom. I hear the sound of something heavy hitting the other side of her door. It must be her chair. Every time she gets a time-out, she picks up anything she can lift and throws it at the door.
I wait, expecting the sound of more items being thrown against the door, but they don't come. I put my ear to the door. The walk-in wardrobe light is on. Teachers had to leave their classrooms to help. We had to lock down the classrooms. We can't go on like this. That's what we live with every day. I realise I'm begging her.
For what, I don't know. I don't know what happens after that. March Janni's name has changed. It is Jani now, with the second "n" deleted. Jani will talk to her about her imaginary rats and Dani doesn't bat an eye. I sit back and look at Susan.
My daughter, the schizophrenic
It's not a shock. I wanted something that could be fixed. Schizophrenia cannot be fixed. I look down at Bodhi. I stand in the middle of our two-bedroom apartment with the removal men, pointing at each piece of furniture. Ramona Rosales for the Guardian We are dividing up our possessions, splitting our home.
We've traded in our old apartment for two smaller ones next to each other. On her schedule board I write "Dinner go to Bodhi's " in the five o'clock slot. Others, like the cat and Wednesday the rat, ordered Jani to hurt or scream at people, jump from buildings and attack Bodhi.
We were treating them like imaginary friends. We did not know they were hallucinations and had a mind of their own. One evening she tried to choke herself with the sleeves of her shirt. By then, her parents had started checking her into psychiatric hospitals. Some staff suggested that all Jani needed was stricter discipline. In earlyJani went berserk at school, trying to hurl herself through windows and doors.
Michael arrived to find her locked in an emptied office with a district psychologist. He told the stunned headmistress to call the police.
Jani was taken to UCLA, where she was placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold, a law used to confine mentally ill people deemed a danger to themselves or others, and admitted to the psychiatric unit. It was stronger than I am, and it had more power over Jani than I did. She was hallucinating nearly all of the time and barely interacting with the real world.
One night he visited her at UCLA and, for the first time, she did not recognise him. The parents swapped places every night. The unconventional arrangement worked: She became calmer and more relaxed. Now Jani is able to tell her parents when she needs extra medication. She is likely to require drugs to control the psychotic symptoms for the rest of her life. She also has weekly sessions with her psychiatrist and psychologist.