Thinking about PTSD... I'm just struggling to try to express some of my thoughts and questions, the things I'm wondering about... My father has pTSD, and about a year ago I heard I have it, too. Thinking, seeing the recent conflicts with my father, that PTSD maybe makes a person (seem) 'selfish'. I hear that others think I don't care about them, they say I don't listen, don't take their feelings into account, and such things. I know I felt about my father that he did not really hear or see me. He was too busy being defensive, being triggered, fighting off threats only he perceived, seeing me as hostile. I know of a person whose mother probably has PTSD. She lost her first child and after that could never really care for the children she got later on. I think she was afraid to become attached to them, thinking she'd lose them too or something. She did not really hear them, did not see them, was not truly aware of their needs or their own individual traits. My father and I are at the moment once again trapped in some sort of verbal battle. I think we are probably completely talking past one another, not hearing one another, not interpreting each others words right. Possibly focused on the ill intentions of the other person that may not even be there. I feel like I'm in total psychological confusion here at times. Does PTSD make a person (seem) uncaring? My thought is that because I'm not really in touch with reality, with the good intentions of the other person, or with the fact that I'm really safe, seeing threats that are really not there, I may simply be unable to 'connect' to the people I'm dealing with.