Our expert says:
Sorry to hear about the ugly experience and all the anxiety it has since caused you. I know what it is like, and while we live in a country that continues to be much more caring towards criminals than victims, many of us share similar experiences. These sorts of reactions are typical post-trauma reactions ; not necessarily PTSD, but still typical. We can go through life feeling somehow magically personally invulnerable until running into such a crime, and then may over-react in the opposite direction, feeling much more vulnerable than is realistic. The challenge, which a counsellor can help with, is to get the dose of caution right, to be alert and self-protective enough, but not to the point where the extra caution harms you without adding to the degree of protection.
The other reaons you descibe are also typical --- focussing on one relaively safe aspect ( like the phone itself ) ; the orge to talk about it though others don't want to hear ( and they don't want to be reminded that they are also vulnerable ).
Do see a counsellor to help you get things back into proportion, and to regain a realistic sense of your own abilities to look after yourself.
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