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
236
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
anxious mood (26) depressed mood (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (22) anxious mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
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)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
depressed mood (23) anxious mood (4)
1 more

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 (155 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 75 more
Total evaluations
169
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite heart palpitations 41 more
Total evaluations
64
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (53 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 39 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
36
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 8 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction apathy 26 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
anxious mood (26) depressed mood (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping when on full dose drowsiness 17 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (22) anxious mood (6)
2 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 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain decreased sex drive (libido) 10 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
depressed mood (25) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
confusion fatigue 17 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
depressed mood (23) anxious mood (4)
1 more
  • 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
<20 169
20s 1113
30s 2285
40s 2259
50s 1729
60s 840
70+ 181
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2939
20-29 years 453
30-39 years 407
40-49 years 259
50-59 years 85
60-69 years 17
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2237
Female 6359

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6053
Not Diagnosed 1142

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