Hey everyone , this is my first post, but I'll skip the introductions and go straight to my question/situation. I'm a 25 y old guy.
During the day I'm fine. I know a lot of people with anxiety say they are fine during the day because they work and this keeps them busy and distracted. Not me - I manage my own business and don't go to work - I have plenty of days when I have absolutely nothing to do, I just sit around and do nothing. I'm still fine during the day on those days, so it isn't something distracting me during the day, keeping the anxiety at bay.
Then around 5pm-7pm (due to sunset?) hits and all of a sudden I'm a different person - I lie down and cry uncontrollably, have heart palpitations, nausea, on some days extreme anxiety to the point where I start feeling depersonalization and 'out of it' . This lasts for 2-3 hours, after which I'm again - fine. This has been happening like clockwork for MONTHS, and I've tried changing my diet around, napping during the day, working out, anything. Doesn't seem to matter. Even if I have a nap at 4pm, when I wake up it starts.
Now I read about something called 'sundowner syndrome', but this seems to be a syndrome in elderly people with dementia. But my anxiety does seem related to the sunset, as I recall having this much later during the summer/autumn when the sunset was later. This all seems related to brain chemistry/physical in nature also - I can't trace it back to bad self-talk or negative thoughts that occur before the event.
Anyone else experience the same? It's so strange, I've read a ton of posts from people saying how bad their anxiety is in the morning, and very few describing my issue.
Any ideas/similar experiences?