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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
227
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
143
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
pain (26) anxious mood (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
anxious mood (26) depressed mood (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
depressed mood (29) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
pain (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 (133 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite irritability 77 more
Total evaluations
145
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (74 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite loss of appetite 57 more
Total evaluations
90
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (59 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood insomnia 38 more
Total evaluations
61
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue sleepiness 14 more
Total evaluations
42
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
anorexia (appetite loss) anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
26
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness brain fog 16 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
pain (26) anxious mood (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
sex drive (libido) decreased ejaculation delayed 25 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
anxious mood (26) depressed mood (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
head tingling irritability 12 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
increased energy weight gain 17 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
depressed mood (29) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 11 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
pain (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
<20 188
20s 1,083
30s 1,657
40s 1,538
50s 1,091
60s 456
70+ 88
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,218
20-29 years 261
30-39 years 235
40-49 years 147
50-59 years 44
60-69 years 10
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

71% Female
29% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,898
Not Diagnosed 1,176

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