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
224
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
141
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Pain (26) Anxious mood (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
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)
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

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 (130 evaluations)
Side effects
Loss of appetite Irritability 79 more
Total evaluations
142
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (76 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Loss of appetite 58 more
Total evaluations
92
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (56 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood insomnia 38 more
Total evaluations
58
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Sleepiness 14 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (4)
2 more
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 (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Brain fog 16 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
Pain (26) Anxious mood (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drowsy in a.m. 7 more
Total evaluations
14
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 (23)
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 (30) Anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Head Tingling Irritability 12 more
Total evaluations
25
  • 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
<20 185
20s 1,034
30s 1,564
40s 1,422
50s 1,004
60s 427
70+ 81
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,087
20-29 years 230
30-39 years 180
40-49 years 113
50-59 years 33
60-69 years 7
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,644
Not Diagnosed 1,148

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