As I was going through Acadia's records last night I came across this picture. This is what I call her "manic" picture. She's about 5 in this picture. She had made this crazy "dessert" from all this stuff in the kitchen, and then we had to try some after supper. Her eyes were so wild, and her ideas were so big!
I had to compile her records to prepare for a research study we are applying for with the National Institutes of Health. It's kind of a scary endeavor, but we are just going to take it one step at a time until we have all the details to make a final decision about it. I had a phone meeting today with a research assistant and I'm supposed to hear back from them in a couple of days about whether or not Acadia meets the criteria for further evaluation at NIH.
The advantage to getting involved in research is that we would have access to the most cutting edge mental health care in the world. What they are doing with kids right now, psychiatrists will be doing maybe 10 years down the road. It's not anything experimental, just testing, evaluation, and stabilizing with medication.
For today though, Acadia did well with school, and she was laughing so hard tonight while playing PlayStation with Dad. Not manic, just a good happy laugh!