Essay Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Holden suffers emotional, mental, and physical pain after his brother, Allie, dies. So what made Holden end up in the mental institution? A disorder called “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”(PTSD). PTSD relates to Holden in Catcher in the Rye because of the recurrent traumatic factors Holden faces, the commonness of PTSD patients, and the common symptoms and problems PTSD patients suffer with. Holden undergoes many factors, symptoms, and stresses that lead him to tell his story where he ended up, the mental institution.
What really is PTSD? A study by the National Institution of Mental Health describes to us: “PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers”(NIMH 1).
Holden suffers from PTSD after his brother is harmed by cancer and his death takes on a large roll in Holden’s mental health problems. Holden’s suffering continues throughout his life with the trauma that affected him early on. Holden faces traumatic factors that lead to recurrent memories that tear him apart mentally. When Holden speaks of being involved with a psychoanalyst he mentions a flashback when he speaks of the night Allie died when he says, “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of…

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