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How I Healed From Childhood PTSD: Free Techniques That Help Re-Regulate Your Brain and Emotions


Lately, a lot of people have been writing to ask me about no-cost options for healing Childhood PTSD. For more than two years, I’ve beens sharing the two free techniques I used to recover, but the instructions are spread out on different blog posts, and so this week, I’m putting the whole sequence in one post!

Some background:

We used to think that the symptoms of Childhood PTSD were primarily psychological. But we now know that abuse, neglect and chronic stress in childhood tend to cause brain and nervous system dysregulation, and that THIS is the root cause of many of our harshest symptoms, including ADHD, depression, broken relationships and even weight problems and heart disease.

The Techniques

In 1994, I learned a daily practice that healed my own chronic dysregulation  — quite by accident, and this allowed me to begin a dramatic process of transformation. The daily practice is comprised of two techniques — 1) twice-daily writing of fears and resentments, and 2) twice-daily mantra meditation. I tell the story and teach the writing exercise in the video below. If you would also like written instructions for the writing exercise you can download them here.



Usually, I suggest to people that they get the hang of daily writing for several days, before they move on to the meditation. The writing brings relief, but when you make it a habit, you’ll want the mental rest provided by the meditation. It’s kind of like pulling a thorn out of your foot (the writing) and then putting a balm on it (the meditation) so it can heal.

The meditation is simple, and I show you how to do it in the video below.



In 2019, I’ll launch regular, free webinars where anyone who wants can join in and practice the writing and meditation together, and ask questions. It’ll be set up so that your name and face are private — you’ll only see me and I’ll be answering questions that you send to me via the chat function. If you’d like to receive an invitation to those calls, please add your name to this list.

See you soon!

Anna (The Fairy)

If You’d Like More Resources…

First, be sure to follow/subscribe to this blog (you’ll get an e-mail every time I post).

If you want to go deeper into healing strategies, you can check out my online course, Healing Childhood PTSD, where I teach you the science, the symptoms and the strategies for healing dysregulation and beginning the process of healing your life..

If you would like to be first to get access to my upcoming online course, “Dating and Relationships for People with Childhood PTSD, please add your e-mail to this list here!

If you prefer videos to blog posts, be sure to find (and subscribe to!) the Crappy Childhood Fairy YouTube channel here.


Anna Runkle is a mother, writer and video producer in Berkeley, California. She is the author of the blog Crappy Childhood Fairy, which is all about Childhood PTSD.

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In 2000, I attended a 'Grand Rounds' presentation by an Epidemiologist, at [then Dartmouth, now] Geisel Medical School, entitled: "52% of Detroit Metropolitan Area Schoolchildren met the DSM-IV criteria for PTSD." Similar numbers have subsequently been reported in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, and in June of this year [2018], at five charter schools in New Orleans. ... Is the 'Crappy Childhood Fairy' spreading this Epidemic ? ? ?

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