Diagnosis of Holden Caulfield in A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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The period of adolescence is one of growth. There will be necessary physiological, sexual, and mental changes in a person during this period, therefore making it one of the most important sections of life. If an error is found during the growth of an adolescent, it must be corrected. Holden Caulfield, is an erred adolescent, so he must be fixed. This paper will present a diagnosis for Holden, provide evidence for this claim, provide a hypothetical source for his syndrome, and then recommend a course of treatment. The diagnosis for Holden Caulfield is co-occurring Bipolar I disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The was conjectured because of his recent manic episode, excessive spending and depression, increased energy, constant “loud …show more content…
The individual must have suffered from at least one manic episode, which is an abnormally long portion of a persistent expensive, irritable, and excited mood. Typically, it takes at least one week for it to be considered; however, Holden’s hospitalization and subsequent psychological evaluation allowed for there to be a shorter time period in conclusion. Depression also happens to be a symptom of this disorder. Depression is not normal sadness; inadequacy and hopelessness accompany normal sadness and that produces depression. The other conjecture that was made was that Holden also suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (hereby referred to as “OCD”). This disorder, oft misunderstood, is characterized by “obsessions” and “compulsions.” Obsessions are frequent, uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts that are involuntary and unwanted. Compulsions are constant necessary behaviors. Compulsions tend to follow obsessions and are done in an attempt to get rid of these obsessions. One well-known example to describe OCD is the obsession of feeling dirty and always believing that one’s self is contaminated, and the compulsion would be to wash one’s hands constantly to get rid of the obsession. After a compulsion is performed, relief will be felt; though, relief will never last. The next section will cover how Holden fits these criteria. Holden has had a difficult life in comparison to several people – and he has not even reached adulthood. If listening to the

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