I am actually rather worried. The anxiety attacks sound quite significant, and are something that should be treated rather than used as justification for a rather extreme lifestyle change. Nihilist mate, go along to your GP and explain about the anxiety, and maybe get a referral to someone who can help you get to the root of the problem.
This is what I was previously trying to highlight, but not knowing the man didn't like to assume to much. Running away rarely ever makes it better.