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 for 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
1133
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
430
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1008
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
356

Data from patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (69 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 24 more
Total evaluations
71
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (30 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite nausea 20 more
Total evaluations
31
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (26 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 9 more
Total evaluations
27
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anxious mood 5 more
Total evaluations
12
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 33 new patients joined this month
  • 2404 say ADHD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 227
20s 932
30s 2369
40s 2496
50s 2027
60s 1123
70+ 331
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2987
20-29 years 463
30-39 years 416
40-49 years 267
50-59 years 86
60-69 years 17
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2507
Female 7016

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6165
Not Diagnosed 1143

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