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
221
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
anxious mood (47)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (23) anxious mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (17)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
depressed mood (25) 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 (144 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 74 more
Total evaluations
155
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 45 more
Total evaluations
68
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 46 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia anxious mood 16 more
Total evaluations
38
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 10 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (47)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping when on full dose drowsiness 14 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (23) anxious mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) sexual dysfunction 26 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (17)
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 (13 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
increased energy weight gain 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (25) 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
<20 167
20s 1182
30s 2232
40s 2193
50s 1654
60s 793
70+ 153
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2905
20-29 years 451
30-39 years 405
40-49 years 258
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 16
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2178
Female 6213

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5994
Not Diagnosed 1144

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