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
248
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
153
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
113
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
40
Tried for
pain (29) anxious mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Treatment name(s)

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

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
depressed mood (31) 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 (139 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite headaches 84 more
Total evaluations
151
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (80 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 58 more
Total evaluations
96
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia loss of appetite 37 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 (60) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
anorexia (appetite loss) anxious mood 13 more
Total evaluations
24
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness brain fog 18 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (29) anxious mood (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (28 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth head tingling 16 more
Total evaluations
29
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)
1 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 (31) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness drowsiness 6 more
Total evaluations
32
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
<20 207
20s 1,241
30s 2,064
40s 1,955
50s 1,444
60s 599
70+ 113
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,766
20-29 years 423
30-39 years 382
40-49 years 247
50-59 years 77
60-69 years 15
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,891
Not Diagnosed 1,258

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