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
247
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
117
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
anxious mood (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
pain (24) anxious mood (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (3)

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 irritability 79 more
Total evaluations
166
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (64 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 51 more
Total evaluations
78
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (73 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 50 more
Total evaluations
77
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dark colored urine 17 more
Total evaluations
32
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
anxious mood (53)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping when on full dose drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (24) anxious mood (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) sexual dysfunction 24 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (26 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 11 more
Total evaluations
27
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
irritability sedation 8 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain increased energy 12 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
depressed mood (27) anxious mood (3)
  • 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
<20 172
20s 1193
30s 2258
40s 2169
50s 1637
60s 764
70+ 151
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2911
20-29 years 449
30-39 years 407
40-49 years 258
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 16
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2170
Female 6185

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6001
Not Diagnosed 1145

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