I recently discovered this story about Jani, the seven year old girl with a severe SEVERE case of childhood schizophrenia. Here are the videos to the Oprah interview, it's really something that needs to be seen instead of me, as a layperson, trying to explain it.
I have schizophrenia in my family, but it is no where near this level. This disease is fascinating. And you can tell, Jani is SO intelligent, it's just (understandably) impossible to differentiate between her two different realities. She's doing a damn sight better than I could ever do, I have a hard enough time with one reality.
TONIGHT on TLC, the original "Born Schizophrenic: Jani's Story" airs at 8pm EST, followed by the premiere of "Born Schizophrenic: Jani's Next Chapter" at 9pm EST. And now for some links: Michael Schofield wrote a book about his daughter, to be published August 7. Here is his blog. The Jani Foundation's Twitter and Facebook.
out July 3rd, and I'm super excited. Wells wrote a great sociopath in the John Cleaver books, so I know he's going to do a good job with a schizophrenic protagonist. He does a great job of balancing the fragility of mental illness with the unique strength and insight it can give its patients.