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What Patients Say Works Best for ADHD

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Despite only being recognized as a disease for the past 20 years or so, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder seems to be fairly well understood, at least in terms of the effectiveness of treatments that patients report.

At CureTogether, 674 people have reported having ADHD, and 1,069 data points have been shared about treatment ratings.

So what works best for patients with ADHD? Exercise and Adderall take top spots in patient reports.

To navigate the graph above:

The top right quadrant shows the most popular and effective treatments, and the top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so they may be options to think about (e.g. Dexadrine, Vyvanse).

Treatments in the lower right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness (e.g. fish oil, green tea), and treatments in the lower left quadrant are reported as neither popular nor effective, so you may want to consider this when choosing a treatment (e.g. Strattera, Wellbutrin).

Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for almost 3 years now. We analyzed and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.

This is the twelfth in a series of infographics we’ve been publishing over the past few months. Of course, with each of these infographics, there is a potential bias in patient self-selection and recall. Every research study has some bias, so we present these findings as just what they are – patient-reported data – to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research. Stay tuned for more and please let us know in the comments below if this was helpful or interesting for you.

Please tweet, blog, or pass this along to anyone who can benefit or is interested in ADHD. Thank you!

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  3. Outside of medicine, what are the best ways to deal with ADHD?…

    Great question – and something that needs to be considered more often. The two biggest methods of dealing with ADHD outside of medicine are Exercise and Diet. Although they aren’t a panacea, together they are 80% of the battle and create a solid biolo…

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