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
231
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
147
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
anxious mood (55) 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
41
Tried for
Pain (29) 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
33
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 (135 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite headaches 78 more
Total evaluations
147
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 (58 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood insomnia 37 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue sleepiness 14 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
anxious mood (55) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
anorexia (appetite loss) anxious mood 14 more
Total evaluations
25
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 (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) 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 (26 evaluations)
Side effects
head tingling irritability 15 more
Total evaluations
27
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 (30 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness brain fog 6 more
Total evaluations
30
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
<20 192
20s 1,129
30s 1,793
40s 1,668
50s 1,192
60s 490
70+ 95
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,395
20-29 years 311
30-39 years 292
40-49 years 180
50-59 years 56
60-69 years 12
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

72% Female
28% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,210
Not Diagnosed 1,195

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