Mental Disorder In Holden Caulfield

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Ms.Krauss Alex Penfold 4/30/14 Holden Essay Many people today suffer from a very serious mental disorder known as PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the novel The Catcher in The Rye, Holden Caulfield, or Holden as we call him, suffers from the mental disorder PTSD. Even though many people say he is a “normal” teenager going through regular teenage emotions, there is an ample amount of evidence to prove that he does in fact suffer from a mental disorder. In order to be diagnosed with PTSD, a person must have three different types of symptoms: relieving symptoms, avoidance symptoms, and arousal symptoms. In the novel The Catcher in The Rye the main character holden suffers from PTSD. One condition that comes with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is always wanting to relive the past and holding onto past memories. According to: http://www.ptsd.ne.gov, “Re-experiencing symptoms are symptoms that involve reliving the traumatic event. There are a number of ways in which people may re-live a trauma. Allie was Holden’s younger brother who died of leukemia on July 18, 1946, when he was eleven and Holden was thirteen. For Holden, the death of his eleven year old brother was a very tragic and emotional experience for him to go threw. Having PTSD, Holden uses Allie as a mean of support, or a comforting thought. “ Every time I'd get to the end of a block I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. I'd say to him, "Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Please, Allie. And then when I'd reach the other side of the street without disappearing, I'd thank him” With this quote, we can see that Holden uses thoughts of Allie as a means to calm himself down and re-live the hap... ... middle of paper ... ...t in school and doesn’t even care if he is flunking his classes. Although Holden himself does not mention it, he believes he has no future. Due to him failing all his classes and getting kicked out of school, we can see that Holden doesn’t want a future and doesn’t want to form friendships in school, therefore he detaches himself from school and society. The last symptom that is seen from people diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is agitation/negativity. Throughout Catcher in The Rye, Holden Caulfield always seems to have a negative attitude towards people. "I just lay there on the floor for a while, and kept calling him a moron sonuvabitch. I was so mad, I was practically bawling." "I just lay there on the floor for a while, and kept calling him a moron sonuvabitch. I was so mad, I was practically bawling."
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