Our expert says:
You're describing a pretty typical panic attack -- one may switch into feeling "unreal", and/or worry about going mad, or dying. Fortunately, one doesn't either die or go mad, and the condition is very successfully treatable. It's actually a common condition. Exactly why it should happen, in your instance, at that particular time, is not clear, but it can happen at any time of day. Maybe you drink more coffee at night than by day, or some similar factor may be affecting this. But DO go and see a psychiatrist for an assessment and advice. This can be cleared up, and there's no need to go on suffering from unrelieved panic attacks.
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