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
243
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
151
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
anxious mood (56) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
Pain (29) anxious mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
depressed mood (30) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
anxious mood (28)

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 (141 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite headaches 81 more
Total evaluations
153
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (76 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 57 more
Total evaluations
92
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite anxious mood 36 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue sleepiness 14 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
anxious mood (56) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
anorexia (appetite loss) anxious mood 12 more
Total evaluations
23
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness brain fog 16 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
Pain (29) anxious mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (27 evaluations)
Side effects
head tingling irritability 15 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) ejaculation delayed 25 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
increased energy weight gain 19 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (30) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsiness 6 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
anxious mood (28)
  • 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
<20 204
20s 1,212
30s 1,937
40s 1,824
50s 1,317
60s 540
70+ 102
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,599
20-29 years 379
30-39 years 344
40-49 years 219
50-59 years 67
60-69 years 14
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,584
Not Diagnosed 1,228

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