When I tell people I have ADD, everywhere, but especially in college, I get the same response.

“Me too.”

If you just stopped writing this article to put on the song “Mr.Me too” by Clipse, then congratulations: you may also have ADD. But for me…

Where was I?

Right:  in college, ADD is one of the most common claims, right behind “I drank so much” as a popular boast that means nothing. It’s an excuse, a war-scar and a medical diagnosis all in one, plus it gets you drugs. Ask who has ADD in your class. Everyone will say they do. That’s not true. Why?

1. You Can’t Self Diagnose.

Everyone likes to self diagnose. I get it. I’ve been there. But have you ever felt ill and checked Web M.D? Word of advice; don’t. You persuade yourself you have everything and you believe it with firm conviction. What’s especially difficult is ADD sounds so universal. You have trouble paying attention to stuff? Who doesn’t!?

If you really think you have ADD, go to a doctor-type person. I went to one when I was twelve and didn’t make it through the exam. Really. They don’t tell you what it’s for, so, going through a stupid boring test, I started just playing a made-up game instead of it.

Check with a doctor before you make any medical opinions. The internet, shocker, is not the most trustworthy, myself included.

2. ADD is a Real Thing.

Not to be an internet exam, but there’s a difference between ADD and boredom. For me, the best example is can’t concentrate on stuff that bores me. Sounds similar to you, but think carefully. If, hypothetically, a large chunk of your college career depended on a midterm on a blow-off class with a B+ average and you started studying a week in advance with two different sets of notes, you’d expect better than, say, a D.

Am I bitter? Absolutely. But I’m here to stress an important point. If you really have ADD, you can’t focus. It’s not laziness and you can’t just “buckle down.”

If you don’t have actual real and extensive problems with attention then you don’t have ADD: be grateful about that.

3. These Drugs Aren’t Games.

Before you declare you have ADD in order to sign yourself up for medication, remember: this is medication.

Some people forget that. They view it as a drug, either a party drug or a “get things done” drug and I don’t have to tell you twice that it’s heavily prized. Everyone wants it which is why I feel the need to slap a big warning label on this.

Here’s the thing. If you like weed or liquor, you acknowledge it’s a drug. You use it responsibly, occasionally, and, ideally, in moderation. But with ADD meds, people forget that it’s stronger. Often, it’s an upper like cocaine or amphetamines, which is meth. I personally have been prescribed amphetamines, meaning: I am so bad at math that they straight-up gave me meth.

Guess what? It works. And you feel great. It’s meth. But then after a bit it’s not so great. You, (if you’re me) can have anxiety attacks, trouble sleeping, bouts of anger, no appetitive, and bouts of depression. Makes sense, right? It’s meth.

I’m not telling you not to pursue medicated avenues; some of my good friends have had great success with them. But don’t look at it like it’s magic, and don’t stick with it if you really don’t need it. If someone said. ”I take meth every morning to get a B+ in Astronomy instead of a B-”

We’d think they were a crazy person. Be responsible with ADD medication, and be wary. It’s easier to get than it should be, in my opinion, and it isn’t a cure-all.