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
256
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
148
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
anxious mood (60) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
pain (29) anxious mood (10)
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 (23)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
depressed mood (29) 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 (153 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite headaches 80 more
Total evaluations
166
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (78 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 51 more
Total evaluations
95
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite insomnia 36 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
anxious mood (60) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
anorexia (appetite loss) anxious mood 12 more
Total evaluations
24
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea difficulty sleeping when on full dose 18 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (29) anxious mood (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (29 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth head tingling 15 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction decreased sex drive (libido) 26 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (23)
3 more
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 (29) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
33
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
<20 197
20s 1,232
30s 2,116
40s 1,979
50s 1,505
60s 645
70+ 125
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,798
20-29 years 429
30-39 years 387
40-49 years 247
50-59 years 77
60-69 years 16
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2,059
Female 5,747

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,665
Not Diagnosed 1,138

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