Symptoms And Stages Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Essay

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Holden Caulfield’s Degenerative PTSD

There are many ways that Holden goes through the symptoms and stages of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It can be proven that Holden Caulfield has PTSD because he faces several emotional and physical symptoms of PTSD, he has a hard time overcoming the death of his brother and as a result he can not move forward in life. “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 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” (Post 1). Holden had seen his younger brother Alliego through leukemia and as a result he may have PTSD.

Holden Caulfield struggles with his relationships on a day to day basis. He never trusts anyone and he always states how he believes everyone is a phony and he can not trust them. “You can 't trust anybody in a goddam school. But I knew they 'd give it to her if I was her

brother and all” (Salinger 221). Holden stated that he couldn’t trust anyone at a school and this shows that he has trust issues because he should be able to trust the administrators who know more about life then he does. Also, he contradicts what he actually believes because he says that you can not trust anyone at a school but then he continues to say that he knows that they will give it to Phoebe. “Trauma…

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