I have been suffering from anxiety and panic since 2007. One thing I noticed is that I can no longer watch disturbing, or suspenceful movies. It is really upsetting to my husband because he loves them.
I went to a therapist for my panic and anxiety for about a year and I mentioned it to him. He said that some people, especially those suffering from this afflication, can easily be impacted by upsetting movies - even if fictional. The mind is powerful and if you tip easily into anxiety or panic, even if it is not actually reality, it could happen by watching such things.
I googled a lot about it, and it seems to be true. Some people are just not wired to be able to watch certain things without having a physical or emotional reaction.
I stopped watching them. I tell my husband that it is so upsetting that he can sit through and watch someone in a movie get tortured or beat up etc. Like, something is wrong or disturbing about him because he can watch them.
But I have to remember, he is just not wired like me. Same with highway driving, makes me panic often. I'm amazed at how he just thinks it's no big deal. When you have triggers and others don't, it is weird to me. It's like, hmmmm, I wonder how that person's nervous system is so different that they have so much control over their anxiety. I'm also jealous . After all, I prior to 2007 I didn't have it that badly at all, so it amazes me that the body and mind can make that kind of shift.