Yep, an exaggerated startle response is certainly part of my anxiety makeup. I am still plenty sensitized, so it doesn't take much to put me over the edge. When the phone rings, I jump out of my skin. Or when my cat jumps up on the back of the chair I am sitting on, I go right through the roof.
I know that it's normal to have a startle response. It can save us from a dangerous situation. But mine is exaggerated.
I would guess that if I do return to a more normal state, it will be one of the last things to tone down.
The very best to you, "C"!... Chuck