Hi from South Africa - PTSD Police Force

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Hi my name is Roelof Vermeulen

I have been in the SA Police for 4 years and in the Private security industry for a further 3 years. Do I have PTSD? Well, things work differently over here... we had very little support with regards to PTSD. We were trained in what it is for about 30 mins and that was it! So I have probable been in denial for many years regarding this issue.

I am maried 11 years and have a pigion pair daughter and son. I have made a complete career change in 1997 and am currently working as a SEO and Online Marketing Specialist.


Hi Roelof, and welcome to the forum. SEO... yep, know what your talking about. Don't you just love the effects of PTSD and how it puts us in denial? Not! Its good to see that your still doing something creative to stimulate yourself. No doubt you've seen your fair share of violence and death in the police force. Police, Fire and Ambulance always see the worst stuff, as one of those are generally on any accident or incident scene first, thus see the worst of things.

Its sad that you have little support within your community, but hey, you found this place and hopefully we can help you. Most of fixing yourself is knowledge, and understanding how to use it. I'm not saying that this knowledge will make you better, as I doubt that very much, but what it does do is give you an outlet, and provide some handy tools and methods to help you control it. As you may or may not know already, there is no cure for PTSD. If we could erase a part of our memory, then that would be the only sure fire way, as our mind simply wouldn't even know the memories existed, but we can't do that. I've had counsellors say to me, "just try and forget about those things", but that is like saying, "just try and forget about your childhood memories" or "your wedding day", "birthdays" and the list goes on. These memories, both good and bad, and burnt into our brain, and cannot be erased unfortunately. The good thing is though, is that there are ways to deal with things, and ways not to.

I look forward to chatting with you more Roelof.
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