Diagnosing Holden Oleksiy filipov


In 1945, J.D. Salinger published a book by the name of, The Catcher in the Rye. This book is narrated by a boy named Holden Caulfield, he lives the life of an average teenage boy struggling with depression. I believe Holden suffers from Depression. In Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden suffers from Depression exhibiting symptoms of Suicidal thoughts and being sleep deprived.

Suicidal Thoughts

In the Catcher In The Rye, Holden's stature is very suicidal he acts multiple times in the story very suicidal. one of the main reason for the theory of Holden's depression is Holden has thoughts of suicide. One obvious sign of depression is "Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts"(Nimh). And Holden says “What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would've done it, too, if I'd been sure somebody'd cover me up as soon as I landed. I didn't want a bunch of stupid rubbernecks looking at me when I was all gory” (Salinger 104). Holden has these thoughts many times, and i believe that this is a sure sign of depression. Holden has had many experiences of wanting to kill himself but there is more then just thoughts that add into his depression.

Sleep Deprived

Another reason I believe Holden is suffering from depression is his very distorted sleep schedule, Holden suffers many times from trouble sleeping and one of the symptoms of depression is "Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping(Nimh)" one showing of how Holden shows this is when he says “It wasn’t far over to the park, and I didn’t have anyplace to go-I didn’t even know where I was going to sleep yet-so i went” (Salinger 153-154). Holden goes through out his life living in the night and day when most people should be sleeping at the night one reason of this is he is depressed and doesn't know he place in the world.


By using proof from these two quotes from the national Health institute and J.D Salingers The Catcher In The Rye we can see that Holden suffers from Depression exhibiting symptoms of Suicidal thoughts and being sleep deprived. In conclusion i believe Holden is not just an average teenager he really does suffer from depression and sadness.

Works Cited

National Institute of Mental Health.“Depression.” National Institute of Mental Health, Oct. 2016,

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Accessed 8 Feb. 2017.

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Little, Brown, and company 1951.


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