There are people who have described similar experiences, but they’re not always negative. The positive experiences people have reported tend to involve feelings of positive illumination, that there is a higher power or reality that is much greater than themselves.
Recounted in the book The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving The Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D., biologist Alister Hardy studied the “inner” experiences of more than 3,000 people. He described the following:
“At certain times in our lives many people have had specific, deeply felt, transcendental experiences which have made them all aware of the presence of this power… It occurs to children, to atheists and agnostics, and it usually induces in the person concerned a conviction that the everyday world is not the whole of reality: that there is another dimension to life.”Reality Hitting Me at Random Times