Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

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What is attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

A behavior disorder in which the essential features are signs of developmentally inappropriate inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Three types include predominately inattentive, predominately hyperactive impulsive, and combined behaviors.

Common symptoms reported by people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
224
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
anxious mood (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (22) anxious mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
depressed mood (28) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25

Data from patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (146 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 74 more
Total evaluations
157
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (55 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 42 more
Total evaluations
65
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (62 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 43 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
36
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 9 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
anxious mood (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) sexual dysfunction 26 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping when on full dose drowsiness 14 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (22) anxious mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
increased energy weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (28) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 10 more
Total evaluations
24
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy drug cravings 5 more
Total evaluations
13
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 167
20s 1142
30s 2272
40s 2235
50s 1680
60s 814
70+ 168
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2922
20-29 years 451
30-39 years 407
40-49 years 259
50-59 years 83
60-69 years 17
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2214
Female 6282

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6026
Not Diagnosed 1144

These charts show data from ADHD patients who have completed their condition history
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