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It wasn’t until I was 50 that I learned I had ADD.

Often in my life I’ve struggled with staying on task and concentrating but it wasn’t until I was 50 that testing revealed I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Being ADD, I’m all over the place. It makes my life interesting and creative. After the diagnosis I finally began to understand myself better. I’d always had symptoms of inattention like forgetfulness, disorganization, and distractibility. That can be a concern for me at Vinesse Med Spa  because I will have to make and keep about dozens and dozens of  appointments. Plus, I always leave Vinesse Med Spa  with instructions on what to do to take care of myself until the next appointment. Dr. Lori Greenwald, nurse practitioner Amanda Scanton and aesthetician Jodi Daniels.

My ADD comes up all the time. You should see me clean house. I can start in the kitchen and then start thinking about how I need to dust the living room. Before I’m done with the dusting I’m thinking of how badly the bathroom needs cleaning. When cleaning time is over my entire house might be pulled apart but I haven’t completed any one room. My family helps through humor. Like I might be in the middle of a conversation and someone will look at me and say, “Chicken.”

See, there’s a popular T-shirt that says something like: ‘They say I have A.D.D. They just don’t understand…Oh, look, a chicken!’ Saying “chicken” is my family’s way of reminding me I’m off track and gently guiding me back with humor.

Cynthia Washburn

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