The Catcher In The Rye
Holden Caulfield is a young man, slowly losing his innocence through a drawn out, series of unfortunate and almost disturbing events. Holden experiences very similar symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, and shows common reactions of PTSD. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden goes through what appears to be a psychological breakdown over his journey of those few days, which is assisted by the events Holden is going through--similar to a soldier’s,-- Holden’s undermining of his condition, and the ignorance of the commonly reoccurring symptoms.
Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD is a condition that is common among soldiers from combat, people with near death experiences, or other disturbing or scaring events. Some of these other events may include natural disaster, terrorist attacks, car accidents, sudden family deaths, rape, assault, abuse or others. “There are three main types of symptoms and they can arise suddenly, gradually, or come and go over time: 1.Re-experiencing the traumatic event. 2. Avoiding reminders of the trauma. 3. Increased anxiety and emotional arousal”(Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
In Catcher in the Rye, Holden frequently mentions his depression. He also often explains things from his past, many times, things that are somewhat dark and disturbing. “ ‘Wait a second—take the rest of your dough, too.’ I started giving her the rest of the dough she 'd lent me. ‘You keep it. Keep it for me,’ she said. Then she said right afterward— ‘Please.’ That 's…