I was diagnosed with ADD when I was about 10 years old. Around one or two years later, when I was 11 or 12, my doctor suggested that I take a stimulant like Ritalin to help me focus better. I experimented with different variants like Adderall and Stratera, and eventually found the one that worked best for me (Concerta). I've been taking Concerta almost every day for the past 7 or 8 years in varying doses depending on my weight, and I've never had a problem with it, until now.
When my Spring semester of college ended on May 23rd, I decided to temporarily stop taking the drug because I saw no real need for it. I'm currently unemployed, and I was just going to be relaxing, hanging out with friends, enjoying my summer, you know? However, when I stopped taking it, I didn't do it gradually. I just abruptly stopped taking it, and about four or five days later, early in the morning of May 28th, I had what seems to have been a panic attack.
Could my panic attack have been related to my going off of the drug? And if so, is that a sign that I'm addicted/dependent on the drug? Has anyone else ever had a similar experience?