Analysis Of Holden Caulfield 's ' The Great Gatsby ' Essays

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Holden Caulfield, 17 years old, was scheduled for a psychiatric appointment by his mother. On the phone, Mrs. Caulfield explained that her son disappeared after being kicked out of his fourth boarding school and didn’t return home for 3 days around Christmas last year. Phoebe Caulfield, Holden’s little sister, was the one that noticed Holden’s peculiar behavior, that continued to worsen over a year, and told her mother of these peculiarities. Such as wanting to run away from home, not returning, and at disliking many things. When I asked for more family information, I was told Holden’s little brother died of leukemia at the age of 11 which was 3 years ago. This leads me to believe that Holden could be suffering from grief and perhaps another type of mental illness. However, I will let him tell me when I ask for more details from his journey last Christmas. After learning of Allie Caulfield’s death and meeting with the patient, I decided to diagnose him with grief. Grief is defined as “The feelings of anguish that a person will experience after a significant loss like the death of a beloved person. Distinguished from mourning and bereavement as may not produce a strong emotional response.”6 However, Holden’s symptoms are very strong and lean towards the unresolved and complicated type: Including extreme focus on reminders of loved ones, a fixation on the loved one’s memory, wishing to die with the lost loved one, and increased alcohol and cigarette use.1,2 For instance,…

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