If I can be honest here. I have been on a few forums over the years. Have seen some posts that got this same sort of reaction. By saying people make their own anxiety is a bit like saying we all want what we have and we are all to blame for what we have. I know that was not how it was meant. But that was how it reads. Those sort of posts will always get a negative reaction. On one forum a person began his post with ' I don't actually have anxiety myself '. My first thought on reading that was he would either get no replies or a lot of abuse. But he was genuine too. What he meant to say was he was looking to understand people with anxiety because he was dating a person who said she had anxiety. We would get that part later. If he had of said that to begin with, what he was writing would have made more sense. So it can all be about the wording of posts on forums like this. If you had of pointed out the difference in the anxiety that you were talking about. Not like a fully blown anxiety disorder that has a person anxious all day long. Hence I more or less called it ' stress ' rather than anxiety. Because people do cause their own stress. They get worked up over things. Like getting clean clothes dirty. The wording was just all wrong. Thus the meaning of the post came across all wrong too.