Attention deficit disorder

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What is attention deficit disorder?

Attention Deficit Disorder with attention inconsistency is characterized by easy distractibility, disorganization, procrastination, forgetfulness, and lethargy - fatigue, but with less or none of the symptoms of hyperactivity or impulsiveness typical of ADHD.

Common symptoms reported by people with attention deficit 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 disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
attention deficit disorder (23) fatigue (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
attention deficit disorder (13) fatigue (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
attention deficit disorder (15) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
attention deficit disorder (13) fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (9) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (1)
1 more

Data from patients with attention deficit disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with attention deficit disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 17 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
attention deficit disorder (23) fatigue (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite agitation with irritability 11 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
attention deficit disorder (13) fatigue (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth decreased appetite 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
attention deficit disorder (15) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness panic attacks 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth headaches 12 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
attention deficit disorder (13) fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (11) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty with orgasm
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (10) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (9) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cutting (self injury) 12 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with attention deficit disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has attention deficit disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 6 new patients joined this month
  • 543 say ADD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 38
20s 254
30s 495
40s 535
50s 425
60s 215
70+ 41
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 758
20-29 years 85
30-39 years 74
40-49 years 47
50-59 years 17
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 488
Female 1518

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1189
Not Diagnosed 113

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