So, we're all suffering from anxiety disorder. On the one hand that's obvious really sucky, but on the other hand, at least we have each other as a community and can understand what each is going through. My personal story is not very inspired, but here goes. I have always been a little neurotic but until quite recently I had confidence in the essential goodness of humanity, and I suppose I still do, on the whole. The problem is that I have encountered the darker side of humans which, although I previously obviously knew that the capacity existed via news reports and the like, I guess I had led a sheltered life and been protected from harm and crime. The principal events that have eroded my trust in people are firstly my boyfriend cheating on me and secondly being mugged. These are not uncommon events, I wonder if they have the same effect on others? Now I find it very difficult to trust anyone - even the people I love most. Confirmation bias plays a part too - if I see a negative event on the news, I think 'that may happen to me if I do not actively prevent it, as far as is possible and practicable' - even if the event has an incidence rate of 1 in 100,000. Maybe it is even paranoia, I don't know, all I know is that it is unhealthy and that I am unhappy. Can anybody resonate with this - sometimes I wish that the anxiety would die down to normal, situation-appropriate levels - but then another part of me doesn't want the protective anxiety mechanism to die down any, in case the perceived threat is indeed real. The cycling between these two positions is mentally tiring. That's about it. I am trying to recover and I hope that we can all recover together.