Holden Caulfield Of Theu.s. Salinger 's The Catcher Of The Rye

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Holden Caulfield of J.D. Salinger’s, The Catcher in the Rye clearly suffered from a mental disorder known during his time, as psychosis. In this modern era, he could be classified more specifically as some who suffers from diseases like depression, schizophrenia, and potentially more. Why is there such a difference in diagnosis? The current definition of mental illness varies greatly from that of Holden’s time (the 1950’s) due to the advancements in societal views, knowledge of illnesses and treatment options. Society has conceived ever-changing opinions about mental illness throughout the years. During the 1950’s, “fearful and rejecting attitudes toward people with mental illness were common,” (Phelan 188). But even then, there were contradicting views. Some believed treatment for the mentally ill was unnecessary, while others had a hopeful outlook due to new medicines and treatments. This “hopeful outlook” has continued into current times as the topic of mental illness is becoming continuously more mainstream and gaining massive support. There have been hundreds of campaigns advocating the growing need for more recognition of mental illness such as, the “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” organization sponsored by singer/actress Demi Lovato and “To Write Love on Her Arms” endorsed by various celebrities, from Miley Cyrus to One Republic. Bills have been sent to congress, based on the ideas that everyone deserves treatment and that mental illness is a real sickness,…

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