Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Added more info to Jani Schofield post

I have added more information to one of my articles about Jani Schofield, a young intellectually gifted Californian girl who has been given the diagnosis of "child-onset schizophrenia", and who has been the focus of a media circus and much publicity created by her parents. I have argued that Jani is an autistic synaesthete rather than a schizophrenic. I have recently discovered that the neuroscientist and popular author V. S. Ramachandran has described a case of synaesthesia misdiagnosed as schizophrenia in a (possibly young) female patient in his most recent pop psychology book The Tell-tale Brain: unlocking the mystery of human nature. So, such terrible mistakes really do happen in the United States. They shouldn't.

Jani Schofield - I’m sorry that I’ll have to add this sad and shameful tale to my list of famous synesthetes


r.b. said...

JFC...I shit you not...I was just thinking about the schizophrenia synthenesia connection. This WAS NOT here earlier...minutes ago. Weird.

Please ignore my comments and don't answer back. I'm just talking out my ass, anyhow.

I like the way you think.

r.b. said...

can you use this? from now on I'm only here to help, not visit.


Lili Marlene said...

I've done that test, and it confirms that I am a synaesthete. It would be most interesting to know what Jani would score on this battery of tests, if she could do them, but I'm sure that none of her minders are keen to find out the score.

r.b. said...

You are sensitized to her pain. A child, that young, being so "exposed" seems opportunistic.

I'd like to say my first response would be to protect my child from that. Maybe I'm being too judgemental.

Lili Marlene said...

I don't think you're being too judgemental. I'd like to see people do time for all of the things that have been done to that child.