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
218
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Treatment name(s)

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

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
anxious mood (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (17)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (21) anxious mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26

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 (142 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 73 more
Total evaluations
153
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anxiety 45 more
Total evaluations
69
Treatment name(s)

(Vyvanse)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anxious mood 44 more
Total evaluations
62
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia anxious mood 16 more
Total evaluations
38
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 10 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) sexual dysfunction 26 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (24) depressed mood (17)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping when on full dose drowsiness 14 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (21) anxious mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Strattera)
Perceived effectiveness
for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 9 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
increased energy weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (26) anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
15
  • 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 1156
30s 2245
40s 2221
50s 1661
60s 809
70+ 162
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2917
20-29 years 450
30-39 years 405
40-49 years 259
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 17
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2192
Female 6247

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6004
Not Diagnosed 1145

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