Being A Wallflower Essay

1350 Words Apr 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Depression is present in a majority of people. Some of us are better at hiding our depression than others. Some of us make our depression noticeable. By reviewing various novels and films where depression is prevalent, the two characters that come to mind is Holden Caulfield, the main character in the novel Catcher in the Rye and Charlie, the main character in the film Perks of Being a Wallflower. There are a plethora of depressive disorders. The commonality amongst depressive disorders is a mood of sadness, emptiness, and irritability, which is “accompanied by somatic and cognitive changes” that greatly affects the person’s ability to function (Depressive Disorders). Also, According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), a majority of the depressive episodes include symptoms like guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, concentrating, remembering, and making decisions. By reading the novel about Holden and watching the film about Charlie, their depression is caused by something traumatic that had occurred in their family, which caused them to contemplate suicide and have symptoms that are related to various depressive disorders. Painful experiences like death of a loved one, unemployment, divorce, can easily cause an individual episode of depression. According to large surveys, around 44 percent of depressive incidents are related to “interpersonal loss” such as death of a loved one When Holden was younger, at the age of thirteen, his younger brother,…

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