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Gift From Within

- Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. Franz Kafka

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A Special Note from Joyce, Director, Gift From Within.
NEW DVD: Making Peace with Chronic PTSD -- Marla's Story

Marla Handy has nothing to hide --anymore. She is a college teacher, a professional consultant and a happily married, resilient woman. But she was terribly mistreated as a child, sexually assaulted as a young adult, and burdened by chronic PTSD for decades. In an intimate conversation with trauma expert Frank Ochberg, MD, she explains how she manages her complex trauma and chronic PTSD symptoms. Marla Handy is the author of "No Comfort Zone: Notes on Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," published by Mocassa Press and available on Amazon.

Running Time: 54 minutes - Available in DVD
Unfortunately, Gift From Within does not provide emergency or crisis care. If you are in a dangerous situation please call 911 or a local hotline. Here is a link for hotlines which may be helpful.
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NEW: Military Family Resources
Educational Webcasts
on PTSD for Survivors & Therapists Include:

What is Exposure therapy?
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
What can be done to Destigmatize PTSD in veterans?
Living with a Narcissist.
What is a Psychopath?
Military Sexual Assault.
What is meant by the term Moral Injury? What is Survivor Guilt?
Should PTSD be considered an Injury?
Article Index:

Addiction | Adoption | Auto Accidents | Chaplains, Police, EMT | Childhood & Adult Sexual Victimization | Compassion Fatigue
Culture, Race, and Ethnicity | Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault | Grief | Journalists, Survivors, and the Media
Male Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | Partners & Families | PTSD Treatment & Recovery | PTSD and Health
PTSD and Workplace Issues | Recovery & Self Help | Resiliency | School Disasters
Spirituality & Trauma | Survivor Guilt | Trauma Responses in the Aftermath of Disasters | Veterans & Their Families

  Dear Friends,

We started Gift From Within in 1993 with the intention of giving trauma survivors, their loved ones and supporters a credible online website that was friendly and supportive. PTSD is real and we wanted to explain the condition without being too technical or too superficial. Gift From Within believes that persons with PTSD and related traumatic stress syndromes deserve the same respect and support that individuals and families suffering the impact of cancer, heart disease and stroke receive. At least 10,000,000 Americans have experienced some form of PTSD. Gift From Within was founded to help provide this support. Proceeds from the sale of the materials will be dedicated to accomplishing this mission. You can help with your purchase or donation. Thank you!

- Frank M. Ochberg, M.D.


Our Mission

Gift from Within

  • is a non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals.
  • develops and disseminates educational material, including videotapes, articles, books, and other resources through its website.
  • maintains a roster of survivors who are willing to participate in an international network of peer support.
  • is designated by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) public charity, eligible to receive tax-exempt grants, gifts, and donations.

 Resume: Frank M. Ochberg, MD - GFW's Founder & Best Friend.
 Bio for Joyce Boaz, Executive Director.
for a complete list of articles, click here: Articles

Gift From Within produces educational training tapes for mental health providers and valuable resources for survivors.

Products Catalog and Order Form - PTSD Videos

GFW helps everyone with PTSD by sharing ideas, improving morale, and reducing the stigma of the diagnosis and its treatment. We have articles written by authorities in the field, poetry and art gallery for trauma survivors, peer support pal network, personal coping and inspirational stories, a Q&A, videos, book reviews, list of retreats for survivors, global list of trauma survivor support groups, and other educational materials and resources.
Support Pal Form -
Survivors find peer support.

Mental Help Net is an established and highly regarded internet website dedicated to educating the public about mental health, wellness, and family and relationship issues and concerns.
This page has been selected as: "one of the most relevant pages related to a particular topic [PTSD] on the web today, using an objective statistical measure applied to an extremely large data set."
(Links2Go Awards)
For a free bookmark send an SASE to: Joyce
c/o Gift From Within
16 Cobb Hill Road
Dept. SP
Camden ME 04843.
* If possible we would appreciate a donation.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

This new website, administered by GFW will collect and display endorsements from individuals and groups who consider a change in title from PTSD to PTSI an advantage for individuals who are so diagnosed.
Support Changing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to Post Traumatic Stress Injury.

Contacting Gift from Within:

Gift from Within
16 Cobb Hill Rd.
Camden, Maine 04843
Fax: 207-236-2818

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Support Pals Finding A Therapist | Support Pals Talk About Living With PTSD | Support Pals Favorite Books & Music
Support Pals Discuss: What PTSD Means To Me | Military Family Resources | Support Groups | Internet Links | Retreats & Respites
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Last updated by David Clarke on 3 February 2014
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