“Thousand Yard Stare” by Mia Makila, 2013 [digital]

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“Thousand Yard Stare” by Mia Makila, 2013 [digital]

The thousand-yard stare is 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. The thousand-yard stare is thus often seen in cases of incipient post-traumatic stress disorder.

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