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
249
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
128
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
118
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
anxious mood (54) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
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
34
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (21)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
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 (152 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 78 more
Total evaluations
165
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (66 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 51 more
Total evaluations
80
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (71 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 46 more
Total evaluations
75
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
anxious mood (54) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dark colored urine 12 more
Total evaluations
29
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 (21 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction decreased sex drive (libido) 21 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (25) depressed mood (21)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 10 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
irritability sedation 10 more
Total evaluations
21
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
<20 171
20s 1209
30s 2243
40s 2159
50s 1623
60s 739
70+ 148
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2902
20-29 years 447
30-39 years 406
40-49 years 259
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 16
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2157
Female 6147

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5983
Not Diagnosed 1143

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