Dr. Phil: Dr. Phil Meets Jani, A Schizophrenic Child
Dr. Phil wanted to spend some time with Janie, a schizophrenic child, to see what her parents, Michael and Susie, go through on a day-to-day basis with her, bringing her to his home. Jani’s behavior was all over the place. She could maintain focus for a very short amount of time, eyes darting left to right, constantly rubbing her hands together, and not ever sitting down, but wandering around the room instead. She asked to make cookies in response to a question she was asked about her imaginary pets. After Dr. Phil saw he was getting nowhere until they made cookies, well, they went and made cookies.
Dr. Phil: Jani Has A Constant Flight Of Ideas
Once Jani’s need for cookies was sated, Dr. Phil started getting answers. First, she talked about her cat, “400.” She said he was a good cat, but that only she could see him. “80” was a human friend that, like 80, could only be seen by her.
Dr. Phil called Jani’s constant movement from one thought to the next a “flight of ideas,” an inability to stick with one idea for longer than a few seconds or minutes at best. Eventually, by bringing a dog named Joey out into the living room, Dr. Phil got her to take a seat.
Jani was rather aloof when asked about what she was asked about her and her friends talk about, instead listing the ages of “24 Hours” and other characters, some of which were older than her. Her descriptions were very specific and pointed, mostly short phrases or one-word answers.
Dr. Phil: Jani Is On Many Antipsychotics
At this point, Jani has a basis of psychosis, thanks to a massive suite of antipsychotic medications. At the time of airing, she was on enough medication to put the average person in a coma, according to her father. Off the medications, Jani gets wound up to the point where she totally spirals out of control.