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
1111
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
421
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
994
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
349

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 (100 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 48 more
Total evaluations
107
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite nausea 29 more
Total evaluations
44
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (29 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 21 more
Total evaluations
31
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth nausea 6 more
Total evaluations
14
  • 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?

  • 15 new patients joined this month
  • 2285 say ADHD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 251
20s 1007
30s 2395
40s 2423
50s 1924
60s 996
70+ 262
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2975
20-29 years 464
30-39 years 414
40-49 years 263
50-59 years 85
60-69 years 17
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2449
Female 6834

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6131
Not Diagnosed 1145

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