Waking up in a total confusion, and just feeling overall weird?

Waking up in a total confusion, and just feeling overall weird? Last night I was dozing off, and had been feeling very anxious and almost panicky bef...

Waking up in a total confusion, and just feeling overall weird?
Last night I was dozing off, and had been feeling very anxious and almost panicky beforehand. I was laying down half asleep, and I started feeling VERY confused, and my thoughts made NO sense. Things that were insignificant in my mind became WAY TOO significant and my thoughts we probably similar to someone heavily on drugs. My vision was strange and distorted and my face felt numb. I didn’t quite feel “real” if you understand that. I’ve dealt with depersonalization before, but never like that. It was almost like a sudden attack of SEVERE depersonalization along with mental confusion. I literally felt like i was on something. I got up and sat there for a minute, but it just wouldn’t pass. It took about five minutes for the confusion to go away, but the severe feelings of not being real remained.

I’ve suffered from Panic Disorder for two years, so I’ve dealt with panic attacks/general anxiety/depersonalization all before, but I can’t say I’ve ever felt like I did last night. I didn’t feel completely better until I fell asleep and woke up the next morning, so I have no idea.

It’s also worth mentioning that I started taking Atenolol (Tenormin) for bouts of Sinus Tachycardia (I.E: Panic Attacks) about 1.5 weeks ago, and I read that one of the symptoms could be “confusion” or even hallucinations, but I have no idea…

ALSO, I practically starved myself yesterday and ate a huge meal before I went to sleep, which, theoretically, could have caused my blood sugar levels to go up and then plummet, since I’ve been eating very little recently (due to the anxiety) right?

I JUST saw my doctor, and there weren’t any problems, so I don’t know what this is! Could it be the Tenormin, the lack of food, or just plain old nighttime anxiety/panic attacks? I’m all too familiar with the delirium/dissociation caused from a panic attack, but can it get to the extent of last night’s episode?

I’m just clueless here, I guess. I want to know what it is, so I can prevent it from happening again.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

And I think I’d just be happy to hear that I wasn’t the only one who’s ever had this!

God bless! =)

Best answer(s):

Answer by PB
Calm down and take a few deep breathes first off. I would like to say that it was the lack of eating and your medication that caused the confusion. Depersonalization, in any form, can be severe and can come on at anytime. What could have happened is that your brain entered into a premature REM cycle and it made everything feel really fuzzy. You should eat normally first off and continue with this medication. This is probably just a one time occurence but if it happens again then you should talk to your doctor about it. However, there is no point in worrying about it in the meantime. Take care.

Answer by Nickolas Robertson
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I truly understand how you feel and what you are going through.
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Answer by hurleydanica
I’ve had the same thing last night. Im not sure what the heck it was actually. For me my mind was jumbled with a whole bunch of crazy thoughts, my vision was crazy and i was dizzy like the whole room was spinning. I’m not sure what happened after that though, it felt like a dream. For what your going through, it was good to consult a doctor. You might not want to have a big meal before you go to bed though, that might be what affected you though, since you starved yourself for such a long time. Im sorry I’m not a huge help, but I hope you can find the solution soon.

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