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
233
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
132
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
anxious mood (23) depressed mood (22)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexedrine)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26

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 (145 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 75 more
Total evaluations
159
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (72 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 50 more
Total evaluations
89
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (55 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 35 more
Total evaluations
59
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
anxious mood (56) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dark colored urine 11 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea difficulty sleeping when on full dose 17 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
pain (26) anxious mood (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain increased energy 12 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
depressed mood (30) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (22 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 9 more
Total evaluations
23
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction decreased sex drive (libido) 26 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
anxious mood (23) depressed mood (22)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Dexedrine)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite cold hands and feet 19 more
Total evaluations
20
  • 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
<20 182
20s 1,215
30s 2,160
40s 2,028
50s 1,544
60s 677
70+ 131
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,833
20-29 years 434
30-39 years 396
40-49 years 251
50-59 years 77
60-69 years 16
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2,084
Female 5,860

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,775
Not Diagnosed 1,137

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