Schizophrenia or Possession?

Michael Schofield and his daughter, January

Fox News recently ran an article about a girl who, by age 3, was precocious and disturbed. As the article says, “her parents had to keep her visually stimulated around the clock just to keep the screaming at bay. As she grew older, the Schofields noticed their daughter was also brilliant. By 3 years old, she could read and calculate multiplication and division in her head.”

The editor of the article titled it “Real vs. imaginary,” and though they report the tale of a little girl contracting a rare disease that is only mildly treated by a cocktail of powerful drugs, I think there could be something more sinister at play.

Things got worse:

But Jani’s behavior became increasingly disturbing.  She tried to harm herself and others, including her newborn baby brother, Bodhi. She wouldn’t interact with kids her own age. Instead, she lived between two worlds: reality and an imaginary island called Calalini, where her ‘friends’ included animals and people she named after numbers.

The article tells the story of the family’s struggle up until now, when the little girl, January, is 10 years old. The father reports going through a range of traumatic emotions dealing with her behavior, admitting at one point that he contemplated committing suicide. Doctors admit that schizophrenia is rare, but in this case even they had to admit that having it onset at such an early age is quite unusual.

It’s described in the article as “a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder that causes people to hear voices and have hallucinations, believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts or plotting to harm them.”

They said that, as a toddler, she had the mentality of an 11 year old. Even on her “cocktail” of drugs she barely seems to have a normal life. Medical science is confounded, and it is unfortunate because there could be a better cure out there that medical doctors are unethically rejecting.


The description of this poor girl’s symptoms reminds me of Edgar Cayce, who had similar symptoms. He had imaginary friends as a child and heard voices in his head. He was a subpar student, but he walked through life with amazing abilities that impress people even to this day. But Edgar’s “answers” didn’t come from his own thinking, they came from the whisperings of his “voice.”

Click the article, read about the girl’s symptoms, and compare them to the following Scripture:

And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. (Luke 9: 38-42)

Is January possessed by demons? Who knows for sure. But if I were her father, I would seek the counsel of the Lord. I would pray in Jesus’ name that she be healed. I doubt they will find a doctor who would recommend that. Not even many Christians would recognize the symptoms — or at least recognize that they are similar to those of the little boy Jesus healed.

This family has tried everything. They even moved into two separate apartments to keep their children apart. Is this what Jesus wants for a family?  The medical establishment has given up on them and offers no hope: “Her hallucinations and voices will never completely go away, but she’s made strides.”

Rather than turning to suicide, I implore January’s father, Mr. Michael Schofield, and his wife Susan Schofield, to turn to the Lord in prayer and confess saving faith in the one and only Lord and Savior, King Jesus Christ. He rules over all things. He will answer their prayer if they only ask. When He replies, it will be as the last line the story of the boy:

And all were astonished at the majesty of God. (Luke 9:43)


One response to “Schizophrenia or Possession?

  1. Watching the TLC documentary on here “five, 400, and Wednesday” are voices in her head that tell her stuff like “burn the baby”. You are right… There is something needed more than drugs. Without Christ she won’t find peace or freedom and neither will the parents.

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