I started noticing effects that my PTSD has on my children. It is a defeating circle. My beautiful 3 yr old angel gets this nervous look every time she asks me a question. I know that it is because she doesnt trust my reaction. My 8 year old, little man of my life, has done the same as my 3yr old but now he has become withdrawn from me. I think he just cant handle my ups and downs anymore. In saying that..watching my children suffer with confusion makes me depressed, which brings me around the ptsd circle to isolation,anger, extreme highs and lows. How can I be what they need? How can I raise them to be everything Im not: secure, trusting,brave,strong-willed, emotionally stable?