How Holden Is Suffering From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Essay

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In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the reader listens in on a psychologist’s appointment with Holden Caulfield, who is telling the psychologist about events leading up to something happening before Christmas. Through the event, the reader can begin to notice how Holden is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and how he really cannot fit back into society. Unlike most cases of post-traumatic stress, Holden did not go to war or was a victim or rape; he was merely a witness to a death. By combining Salinger’s book and the second and third chapters of Dr. Judith Lewis Herman’s book: Trauma and Recovery, the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder on Holden will become more clear and proven. Holden, also, has other diagnoses and is a strong representation of Comorbidity in a person. Comorbidity is defined by the American Psychology Association as “The experience of more than one disorder at the same time.” (Gerrig and Zimbardo) He has, in addition to PTSD, Major Depression, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is one of the few disorders that could be given to Holden. PTSD is when a traumatic event(s) make a person unable to reenter into society. Holden is affected by trauma to the point not being able to adapt himself to living in a world where he has experienced these events. The trauma stopped him from living his life; so, looking into the diagnoses of PTSD is a given. One of the beginning parts of Trauma is…

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