The Story of January Schofield
Just as the case of the Genain sisters was emblematic of the era of twin studies, the case of January Schofield is emblematic of that of genome-wide association studies. January Schofield is a young girl said to be afflicted with schizophrenia, and the subject of the five-part documentary series Born Schizophrenic. The series is analyzed critically, and it is noted that other than the completely unsupported proclamations of one psychiatrist, the series adduces not one shred of evidence that January Schofield or any other human being was “born schizophrenic.”
This chapter features my interview with psychiatrist Peter Breggin, author of Toxic Psychiatry, who shares his thoughts on the advisability of giving new psychiatric diagnoses to individuals already under the influence of psychiatric drugs, and of administering powerful, brain-altering medications such as lithium, Risperdal, and Clozaril to young children. The chapter closes with an update: on 2 April 2019, the Verge reported that the authorities had removed Bodhi and Jani from their parent’s custody, and that the Los Angeles County Children’s Court had placed a gag order on all parties while the case was being investigated.