If you have PTSD, you may know all about the 1000 yard stare. It’s a phrase coined to describe the limp, blank, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary soldier, but the symptom it describes may also be found among victims of other types of trauma. A characteristic of shell shock, the despondent stare reflects dissociation from trauma.
Not everyone who has PTSD suffers from the 1000 yard stare, and not everyone who stares like this has PTSD. However, if we are describing you or someone you love, then you should seek help if you haven’t done so already.
The below Canada Post Card was made just for you. Big Hugs.
Dear Meg from Craigslist Missed Connections April 24th Toronto,
I’m sorry to burst your bubble but I was not staring at you on the bus.
It’s called the 1000 yard stare and I was looking right through you.
To be honest, I had no idea you were there. Thanks for the compliment
on the shirt though. My nieces got it for my birthday.
P.S. I find email impersonal so I’m sending this to Craigslist HQ. Hopefully you get it.
Below are some curated books for those suffering with PTSD, as well as books for loved ones about Communication and use of Vocabulary. All come highly recommended by the Massive Phobia staff.