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
248
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
130
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
116
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
anxious mood (56) 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
32
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
depressed mood (29) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27

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 77 more
Total evaluations
166
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (70 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 51 more
Total evaluations
84
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (70 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 46 more
Total evaluations
74
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
anxious mood (56) 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 (24) depressed mood (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (23 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 10 more
Total evaluations
24
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 (29) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation daytime sleepiness 9 more
Total evaluations
20
  • 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
<20 177
20s 1219
30s 2232
40s 2128
50s 1610
60s 724
70+ 142
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2896
20-29 years 446
30-39 years 405
40-49 years 259
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 16
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2135
Female 6107

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5967
Not Diagnosed 1143

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