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Anna Runkle

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.

Increase Energy & Boost Focus with CPTSD Healing Techniques

I’ve noticed SO many people in my life, and in the Crappy Childhood Fairy member community, are feeling low-energy and a loss of focus. For some of us, it’s COVID or post-COVID symptoms (I’m just recovering from COVID myself). For others, it’s a lingering dullness associated with the extra isolation of the pandemic, or the …

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Covert Avoidance: Are You Hiding From Your Own Life?

For people living with the effects of childhood trauma, “avoidance” can be a strategy to control CPTSD triggers by keeping oneself alone and isolated. “Covert avoidance” is my term for a secret kind of avoidance — living life as if you are engaged with it, but hiding from it. Watch the Video If that’s you, …

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CPTSD: Five Emotional Reactions That Push Friends Away

Through no fault of their own, people with Childhood PTSD sometimes have overly strong emotional reactions: Something hurts your feelings, and you overreact. If you were abused or neglected as a kid, this might sound familiar. In fact, your emotional response can get so overblown that you live in fear that you’ll create problems if …

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