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
198
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (22) depressed mood (14)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
depressed mood (19) pain (4)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
depressed mood (19) 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 (135 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 72 more
Total evaluations
148
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (47 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite heart palpitations 38 more
Total evaluations
53
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (45 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite hyperfocusing 37 more
Total evaluations
47
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood constipation 13 more
Total evaluations
34
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction apathy 26 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
anxious mood (22) depressed mood (14)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping when on full dose drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 8 more
Total evaluations
20
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle and joint pain abdominal pain 34 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (19) pain (4)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (19) 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?

  • 9 new patients joined this month
  • 1654 say ADHD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 168
20s 1071
30s 2287
40s 2272
50s 1755
60s 872
70+ 195
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2946
20-29 years 455
30-39 years 408
40-49 years 259
50-59 years 85
60-69 years 17
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2253
Female 6386

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6066
Not Diagnosed 1142

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