Anxiety & Panic - The New Epidemic
Written by Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.H
The number of people suffering from panic, anxiety, agora- phobia and the like has reached more than epidemic pro- portions. If we add to this number, those people suffering additional anxiety due to a specific disease process such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, circulatory disturbances and pain-related disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and the like, one wonders if anyone is left anxiety-free. The anxiety/panic epidemic is not just a national problem, but one of international proportion. The large majority of those suffering with these disorders are holding full-time jobs, many at Executive and managerial levels and are ex- periencing a relatively high degree of workplace stress. Many are taking medications of some sort, from tran- quillizers to anti-depressants and sleeping pills. Others are addicted to other substances including alcohol, cigarettes, sugar and drugs, both legal and illegal. Most people with anxiety/panic disorder have very similar complaints from free floating anxiety to full-blown anxiety attacks, making them prisoners of their own lives.
The modern definition of fear is;
“a feeling of distress, apprehension, or alarm caused by impending danger, pain, etc”
The truth about fear is that the word itself is a translation of an old English word fǣr which is defined as meaning “sudden terror”, or, “to terrify”, and to, “take by surprise”.  Going back as far as Old Saxon and Old High German we can find fār, which literally means "ambush, and danger,” Other related words are (fǣrslide) which translated simply means "a sudden fall”, and (fǣrrǣs), meaning "sudden rush".
 The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000, Houghton Mifflin Company
What many people understand about fear has no basis in anything physical. As we can see fear is a feeling, a sensation based mostly on something remembered that caused us to "suddenly" become alarmed or "terrified". The point that needs to be stressed is that when we become terrified or suddenly frightened by something seen or heard we will naturally remember it. The problem is many people do not know that all events are singular events, and being singular, all events pass. The thing that suddenly frightened us in most cases cannot frighten us again to any strong degree.