It comes to us all, eventually. You find yourself, with no warning, in the Emergency Room- dealing with a real, life-threatening, emergency. Yours, or someone you love- the impact is much the same.
If you're not brain dead, you're experiencing it now. The world financial system is steadily imploding, there's not one competent government left anywhere apparently (I used to think Canada- but...) and we seem to be staring into the Grand Canyon of life.
Looks like a long way down.
If there is any comfort to be had, it's this: people have survived this sort of thing before- and worse. You can, too.
In the actual medical emergency room, that slowly dawns. Now that the unthinkable has happened- what?
Life goes on.
If you've already had your emergency room experience, you know- it's absolutely astonishing what people can survive. And how strong some folks become, when it's required.
Hang in there.