Essay on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

1302 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is defined as “a mental health condition that 's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it” (Mayo Clinic). It affects millions of people across America and interferes with their day to day lives. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, Salinger hints towards Holden suffering from PTSD; this is shown through him mirroring traits of PTSD, having a cause of PTSD, and seeking help for PTSD.
PTSD was discovered in 1980’s, and was originally thought to be a sign of weakness to the army. Prior to the discovery, many soldiers were discharged from the army for not being able to face their experiences on the battlefield(NIH). Today it is known that it is a serious brain disorder found across many veterans, that we know combat and help to solve. But PTSD is not limited to the army, and many of those who experience traumatic events parallel similar traits to that of veterans. In fact, an estimated “7.8 percent of Americans will experience PTSD at some point in their lives”(Nebraska). That’s over 25 million Americans and Holden is one them.
Throughout the novel Catcher in the Rye the reader follows Holden on his journey throughout New York over the course of a few days. Over this period of time we Holden’s struggle to find himself in society and are made aware of the isolation he’s taken from it. Now, while this roots from many places, the main influence on his attitude towards life was the death of his younger brother, Allie. In…

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