Here’s a good origin story for a word. The time is that of the Greek gods and the eye is set on the god Pan – “the dangerous brooding god of forests and shepherds.” 
According to Linda Flavell’s Dictionary of word origin
“Pan roamed the valleys and mountains. Travellers were terrified of him and believed him to be the cause of any eerie sound issuing from remote regions of the countryside. The Greeks accordingly described an attack of fear where there was no obvious reason for it as panikos, ‘of Pan’. The adjective panic came into English at the beginning of the seventeenth century by way of French panique, and was used as a noun in the modern sense from the early eighteenth century.”
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