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Look back on Oprah’s 2009 visit with Jani, a 7-year-old schizophrenic who had more than 200 imaginary companions. For more on #oprahwinfreyshow, visit http://bit.ly/1ODj0x7 Find OWN on TV at http://www.oprah.com/FindOWN #OWNTV #oprahwinfreyshow #Oprahwinfrey SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/1vqD1PN Download the Watch OWN App: http://bit.ly/2hr1nX2 Download the OWN Bold Moves App: http://bit.ly/2hglOIa About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey's heart and creative instincts inform the brand -- and the magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable. Depth with edge. Heart. Star power. Connection. And endless possibilities. Discover OWN TV: Find OWN on your TV!: http://bit.ly/1wJ0ugI Our Fantastic Lineup: http://bit.ly/1qMi2jE Connect with OWN Online: Visit the OWN WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/1qMi2jE Like OWN on FACEBOOK: http://on.fb.me/1AXYujp Follow OWN on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/1sJin8Y Follow OWN on INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/LnqzMz Follow OWN on PINTEREST: http://bit.ly/2dvfPeN Oprah Meets a Schizophrenic Child With Over 200 Imaginary Friends | The Oprah Winfrey Show | OWN http://www.youtube.com/user/OWN
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Shanika Stephenson (9 minutes ago)
my doctor diagnosed me with schizophrenia i was indenial for a long time some days i believe it most days i don't
T.Dre.M. Roberts (3 hours ago)
Sacar! Or however you spell it, it's a place from the movie Thor: Ragnarok. In a scene about 35 minutes in it is narrated: "The answer is Sacar! Surrounded by cosmic gateways, Sacar lives on the edge of the known and unknown. It is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. Like you. But here on Sacar, you are significant. You are valuable. Here, you are loved.". Maybe this girl has gained her idea about this place from this movie. Maybe, the movie got the idea of this place from an actual place. 🤔 Damn the unanswered questions of the world. 😂
Becca Buddy (7 hours ago)
This little grl is getting attacked by demons , I command you in the name of the LORD JESUS To get out right now !!!!!! You have no buisness being inside this little girl every demon that see's my message i comand you to leave this little girl in the name of Jesus by the precious blood of jesus!!!!!!! GOD IS ALIVE!!!! Hallelajuh
GracieMac (9 hours ago)
Jani isn’t talking to Oprah when she says she doesn’t want to talk. She is talking to her friends. She never looks at Oprah and just interrupts their conversation when she says she doesn’t want to talk.
Brahmahum (10 hours ago)
Not a convincing video; lying on the ground, Freudian. Schizophrenia is in abstracto depression, and a splintering of the psyche, which is more serious than neurose (split psyche). Depression is mountain, womb. Schizophrenia is more bodily (yin) than psychological (yang).
Jen Hostutler (10 hours ago)
CBD oil!! Helps
Nikki West (12 hours ago)
You have to more patient with her Oprah you are on her time....you ask for that interview with her....she is a child.....I hope you never have kids you have no patience at all!!! Schizophrenia is a disease and there is no cure for it....Only therapy and Oprah you are not a therapist
Individual Rights Chris (15 hours ago)
These people are sick. Making the schizophrenic little girl talk to a fat demon is just wrong.
Melissa White (18 hours ago)
Why are yall doing this to her showing jer off like a pet?
Gran Red (19 hours ago)
Using a troubled little girl for the pursuit of profit..... low level people like this makes me sick....
G Kelly (19 hours ago)
The door to Catalini found 106
Trish Mac (20 hours ago)
Exploiting a traumatised child. What’s new?
DamienExists (22 hours ago)
she's not mentally ill. she's creative. the fact that she can think of these complex realities is amazing. most kids only know abc 123. when i was a kid i had my own imaginary planet, and lots of imaginary friends, and i would make up rules and write out little stories for them. i wasn't very social either. now i'm 14, and i interact with one imaginary friend once in a while. it's just part of childhood... smh.
miaraxxxx (1 day ago)
Where is she now? Can we do a follow up
Kaitlyn Benton (1 day ago)
She never got better there is or was a series on netfilx about a mental institution full of girls and shes part of the series
Johnson Dangles10 (1 day ago)
Arm Chair Critics. People watch a 10 minute video and catch a mere glimpse of what is going on in this families life, and we have people criticizing, making huge assumptions and arm chair parenting. Someone mentioned that the mom was showing disdain towards her daughter. Try compassion, actually think what 24 hours in these parents lives is like. Then think beyond that, not until she is 18 or 20, but this is potentially for their entire lives. They love her, make no mistake, but she just might get to feeling overwhelmed at times. Every single parent out there, even with regular functioning children get to feeling exhausted. Parenting is a very difficult task. Someone people are better at it than others. All I’m saying is let’s think before we speak and try to seriously understand. The child IS NOT a brat. She is mentally ill. It’s not a matter of semantics, to say giving her drugs makes her life trash and to just accept her. That is a terrible simplification of the situation. If you listened to the intro, she is the worst case of child schizophrenia ever. Got people on here that most likely aren’t even parents giving their 2 cents. The internet sucks!!
Jasmine Q (1 day ago)
First of all the parents wanted the publicity tf. Off Oprah called you , you’d answer . Period
J Has (1 day ago)
Mk ultra on this poor child :/
Alyss Kennedy (1 day ago)
Oprah is so distasteful and ignorant here it’s sickening to watch.
Clark Kent Aren't you the same person that claimed Jani was demon possessed and then went into a tirade about how she was demonic when I said I believed she wasn't but that I believed she had an illness and was not demon possessed ? But now you claim she has lymes disease-with no mention of demon possession?? Something isn't adding up here. What's up with all that? What is wrong with you? You claimed there was no such thing as mental illness but now you say she is showing symptoms of mental illness due to lymes disease? You want us to do our research? I wouldn't do anything you suggest. I just went back and checked to make sure it was Clark Kent making those claims-I was right about you all the time now wasn't I?
Clark Kent (1 day ago)
This child has LYME DISEASE or to give it's proper name BORRELIA BURGDORFERI BORRELIOSE and it does CAUSE ALL ILLS and MENTAL SYMPTOMS and it is being covered up big time ,Medics prescribe AMITRIPTYLINE This should be banned it has over a 100 side effect that can mimic MENTAL problems ,many 100s of K have LYME All verifiable FACT do your RESEARCH
Clark Kent aren't you the same person that claimed Jani was demon possessed and then went into a tirade about how she was demonic when I said I believed she wasn't but that I believed she had an illness and was not demon possessed ? But now you claim she has lymes disease-with no mention of demon possession?? Something isn't adding up here. What's up with all that? What is wrong with you? You claimed there was no such thing as mental illness but now you say she is showing symptoms of mental illness due to lymes disease? You want us to do our research? I wouldn't do anything you suggest. I just went back and checked to make sure it was Clark Kent making those claims-I was right about you all the time now wasn't I?
U dont wanna Know (1 day ago)
She's possessed by demons thats it
Tony Syronf (1 day ago)
I have a few imagianary friends myself when I drop lsd
God bless gorgeous girl🙏 Hope you get well soon
KIM PITASI SMITH (1 day ago)
Shame on you Oprah for goating this girl for your own benefit.
Simran Kaur (1 day ago)
Everything created by man is brainwashing and not good for us mental illness is another way for them to make money and oppress us some more we must awaken and only listen to TMH the creator of the earth 🌍 the most high and stop letting Satan control our thoughts and actions he is here to destroy us all I will never trust anything created by man
Atarah Mary (2 days ago)
5:08 She was not talking to Oprah.
Sonia Villa (2 days ago)
The little girl seemed to be tormented by demons. I hope she gets better in the name of Jesus Christ.
Chromberries シ Yee (2 days ago)
meat shirt
Aisha Billal (2 days ago)
Richie F (2 days ago)
Treebird49 (2 days ago)
Wednesday's a rat.
H5AUTO SALES (2 days ago)
euroyen420 (2 days ago)
Yo! Real talk if that kid was black, Oprah would be branding it as the next coming of a genius all knowing, a beautiful mind mathematician, instead she's exploiting and demonizing the girl because she's white. You can see the inner elation, liberals are mentally ill. Just helping all the lost minds with alil bita insight.
Sydney Young (2 days ago)
I had two imaginary friends. One is called “Whoopy” and the other was called “John” . I would talk to them all the time. I knew where they lived. I would point at a graveyard and imply they lived there. I would sleep walk too. google their names. I am curious.
Youtube Christelle (2 days ago)
she needs deliverance and not TV show sorry
Deliverance from what?
Adam Reis (2 days ago)
Those are demons. She needs deliverance
What demons? Deliverance from what?
Fusion GPS Integrity (2 days ago)
White blonde girl.. WHITE... black lives matter. That little girl’s life does not matter
Courtney Haynes (2 days ago)
Bless that babys heart
Grace McCready (2 days ago)
This video makes me so angry. They’re treating an extremely vulnerable person like an animal in the zoo and are provoking her until shes distressed and becoming amused by it. It worries me how many people just don’t understand dignity or mental health.
n.A A (2 days ago)
kent neumann (2 days ago)
This family should consider asking Amy Allan of "The Dead Files", a show on the travel channel, to come for a visit. Or they should go visit her. Amy is able to communicate with dead people, and see other beings that are not visible to most of us. IF the kid is a sensitive, and is seeing things that ARE there, that the rest of us can't see, then she could help this kid by telling the family how to get rid of the "others". And help the kid control and properly develop, or maybe suppress, her abilities. I'm sure the parents would be willing to try anything at this point. Ideally, it would not be televized, but a private thing. Although, since they had Oprah and camera crew there, maybe that's not a concern. I say Amy Allan cuz it MUST be someone with a proven, successful public record of identifying these spirits and entities. Also someone that knows how to get rid of them. And that is Amy. Its my understanding that the dead and other entities that never were human, are attracted to living people that are aware of them. And that they are not very friendly or healthy for the living. Can you imagine the kind of breakthrough that would be for that category of mental illness? What if these people are just gifted and haven't learned to control it? I think I may submit this link to the travel Chanel and see what develops.
G Kelly (3 days ago)
foolish people haha
G Kelly (1 day ago)
+live, laugh, love always the blind
Who are you referring to?
G Kelly (3 days ago)
400 we are legion.
G Kelly (1 day ago)
+live, laugh, love always those who worship idols in glass houses have no stones to throw.
What do you mean?
Desert Rose (3 days ago)
She needs to get a rukya
Tammy Rossitto (3 days ago)
Is this child being treated by a psychiatrist? There are medications that could help her. Maybe her "friends" are another form of split personality? I don't think she was telling Oprah that she didn't want to talk...I think she was telling one of her friends. She also looks to have ADHD, as she can't sit still. I wonder if she has been misdiagnosed and is really in/on the autism spectrum?
Omo Lina (3 days ago)
All this caused by cartoons
Monya Grant (3 days ago)
Something seems really eerie about this whole video and I know it’s really old so Oprah probably wasn’t looking for any clues or hints to what’s really going on
KP Mega fan (3 days ago)
wow! i can't imagine living with someone who has this disease or even being someone with this disease, it looks so difficult, even for Oprah, i can't imagine seeing her mum deal with this every day, it must be extremely hard and exhausting , I pray for this family 💜💜💜
Yashasvi Chauhan (3 days ago)
No doubt the little girl is an angel rather reflection of oprah who thinks she has real friends...and bears no child..believing her fans or so called friends will treat her exactly the way the schizophrenic child is ...sad but true.
Oprah Winfrey, I am a Québécois, and my own mother doesn't like you anymore ~!
Kemba Legall (3 days ago)
I believe she needs to see an exorcist  I believe the poor child is possessed was not baptized or even switched at birth hope she gets all the help she needs
Kemba Legall (3 days ago)
+live, laugh, love always her behavior is not normal something is very wrong wants her to get all the help she needs
What do you believe she is possessed with? What do you mean switched at birth?
Really Daniella (3 days ago)
when I was her age I wo.uld be jelo.us that she had alot of Lps
Yashasvi Chauhan (3 days ago)
Notice how oprah hides the first page while see her drawing sheets😂poor oprah cant bear .....that she is the worst friend...wednesday.....
Soheni Mrittika (3 days ago)
Oh gawd the drawings
kathykn11 (3 days ago)
she's possessed by spirits
Why do you say that?
Yashasvi Chauhan (3 days ago)
What if 1.wednesday means opray winfrey, 2.sycamore means the girl who is sick..and the calli...the place ...the limit to which we should interfere in anyones life!🐦❤
AsynC (3 days ago)
Like I understand that Oprah is a journalist BUT she is not understanding at all. I saw a comment also who made a good point that the little girl was never yelling at oprah...
crstl89 (3 days ago)
They are exploring her illness. That’s why she didn’t want to keep talking to make the interview. How awful that this has to be part of “entertainment”. I’m sure her family loves and cares for her but still do y’all really gotta be on the Oprah show?
Steven Jobs (3 days ago)
its like watching a little kid on shrooms
xXElite4296Xx (3 days ago)
Oprah is trying to make her condition seem like a joke. Not cool
Shadow Of Light (3 days ago)
She needs sleep and rest and comfort
Shadow Of Light (3 days ago)
It can be cured... Meds helps socializing helps.... Look I'm commenting too
Brett Simoson (3 days ago)
Aaliyah Marie (3 days ago)
Oprah isn't a doctor so i dont understand what relevance or role she plays on this girl's disorder. She went about this very rudely and it seems more like shes trying to humiliate the girl than anything else. Why else is she doing this for?
Sad.. :/ Hope she is doing better now.. :)
LilyOutLoud (3 days ago)
Her dad sexually abused her. They said so.
Rosa Brouwer (3 days ago)
*400 left the chat*
yall hear sumn? (3 days ago)
Demons on this child...
Why do you say that? What demons?
Carolyn Bonner (3 days ago)
What if she’s a medium ? 👀
Sillyguacamole (3 days ago)
The thumbnail looks like Janie is wearing meat
Harvey_the_gay Boy (3 days ago)
I have schizophrenia and I hate people that treat me like I'm crazy I just want to talk and have a normal conversation instead people look at me in fear because of my mental illness
Umtalal Playlist (3 days ago)
Yeah schizophrenia is another name for a person whose possessed
Tobe Okonkwo (3 days ago)
Poor child, Oprah finds this amusing but in reality it's not!
Defender Of nation (3 days ago)
You should try some energy healing. try jorei or dev suwa sewa. that might help and it is free.
She's referring to the cast of fosters home for imaginary friends
She has LPS!!!!
Elizabeth Tacy (3 days ago)
Can't Stand Oprah!!!
sweetnluvly79 (3 days ago)
I've always felt like people who have schizophrenia can see things that we don't. I'm a Christian but the Bible states there are things that we cannot see with our own eyes. I think people with schizophrenia have a peek inside of this world.
Kathy (3 days ago)
this shows once more why i do not like oprah. she is prying and condescending and has zero to none empathy.... she sold her soul and does the generosity act for attention.... idk why ppl celebrate her so much.....
WISDOMPHIΦΦΦ (3 days ago)
Lia Rivera Yip (3 days ago)
Worst interview Ive ever seen...
Super Turrican (3 days ago)
She still have more friends than me...
Melissa Clark (3 days ago)
Oprah exploits yet another person for her own gain.
Sharon Brisbane (3 days ago)
I think that she has attachments from another dimension
edd 2 (3 days ago)
why does this video make me so sad and why am i commenting on an oprah video
Marie _Dreamer21 (3 days ago)
What a horrible person would ask a KID if she thinks she's "different" ..not very mature lady, not even funny.
NatalieF (4 days ago)
She sees things we can't, see sees demons not hallucinations. If Oprah ever knew Christ Jesus, she would know that this child is being oppressed by demonic forces, not imaginary friends. They are very real.
Veronika Machytkova (4 days ago)
reminds me of Lyra Belacqua :) and I don't believe she's having hallucinations, I think she really may be seeing like creatures from another another dimension
Jay J. (4 days ago)
Don't believe it. She's to young for this diagnosis. I think there's more to this story
People say that we don’t have mental illness we just see how the world really is
Soph xox (4 days ago)
4:05 'hellloo come backk, we're in an interview' omg would be me leaving an interview
Crocheting Mom (4 days ago)
That poor kid :( and her parents always so exhausted ❤️
Hiprock diva (4 days ago)
What if she just has a 3rd eye and is not really a "Schizophrenic"?:(. She really does need Spiritual help
Addicted_to_Jays (4 days ago)
Immediately watching this i got this weird vibe from Oprah like she totally didn't understand what this little girl has or is going thru and the way she was acting towards this little girl when she couldn't get her interview or the little girl wasn't doing everything Oprah asked. I'm glad so many ppl noticed that in the comments section
Hobi (4 days ago)
I believe this kid is really special
Nancy Gonzalez (4 days ago)
What if shes possesed??????
TRICK-OR TREAT (4 days ago)
Styles 94 (4 days ago)
I feel for this family. My grandpa had schizophrenia for 30 years before he passed.. Even held a gun on my grandma and his kids because the voices told him to. That is when he went on medication for good! Still was hard but manageable after that.
Juju Bees (4 days ago)
She is not crazy... she is a child that is taking advantage of adults to get her own way. Shes never been disciplined. That would be "stupid parent syndrome" right there!
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