How Childhood PTSD Can Trigger Self-Defeating Behaviors

Here’s an excerpt from my new online course, Healing Childhood PTSD. Here I talk about three negative emotions that can hijack a person’s thoughts, driving negative impulses and then, self-defeating behaviors.

If you’d like to check out the full course, it’s here! “Healing Childhood PTSD”  is a self-paced course with 32 videos about how PTSD happens, what it does to us, and how ordinary people can begin healing and connecting again, whether or not they have access to professional help. You can learn more about the course or register here!

You can also register for my new course “Dating and Relationships for People with Childhood PTSD. Learn to change negative patterns and go for what you really want in a partner, and in your life. You can register and gain instant access here.


By |2019-02-02T18:28:20+00:00May 9th, 2018|2 Comments

About the Author:

I'm the author of the Crappy Childhood Fairy blog, which offers advice based on my own experience and reading. I live with my husband and kids, and run a small business in the San Francisco Bay Area.


  1. Charlotte1994 May 18, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I am, as are all of my siblings, and father, suffering the effects of a seriously selfish, majorly abusive, depressed alchohlic, prescription addicted, hugely manipulative, so called mother. We are irish and all extroverted with introverted emotional damage…and are broken. I feel there is no help enough for us to ever heal. I myself am a recovering 20yr heroin addict at 48 yrs. A single mum who had to struggle with NO ONE, living in uk from age 18 having been raped, pregnant, misscarried and then diagnosed with cyn 3cancer of cervix, had it removed, all within 6 mths. Told i was a slut so i left. Eldest of 4. Whats left of us is virtually unhelpable. We’re too far gone. Im home on a quick obligationary trip and its as bad or worse than ever for my bro who has all the strain and its showind. He’s 35 and amazing but soooo lost. What do i do? I am attaining help slowly but surely in uk but even my beautiful daughter is suffering from all this. Its way too much.i never post anything this long, honest or as aggressive but your vid puts its all in perspective. But cant help myself or others. I have no wants needs or desires for myself and am dead inside. This is the fate of my family here on in.

    • Anna Runkle May 19, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Hi Charlotte — my heart goes out to you. It sounds like a wretched past and I know how visits “home” can make it suddenly seem like we were crazy to think we had any recovery at all. But then we get out of there and strength returns. Whew.

      I hope you’ll have a wander around the blog; you sound like a fellow Childhood PTSD-er and there is new and better information about how to get that under control, so you can then take steps to build the happy, safe, hopeful life you deserve. Really. You can do it.

      I invite you to follow the blog — then you’ll get posts sent to you when they come out, and I can offer you a big discount on my course when it comes out.

      Oh, and if you haven’t seen this video yet, this is the writing technique that helped me get my PTSD under control: https://youtu.be/n2lu88X5LH0. Sending my love to you and your daughter!


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