PTSD Maddie James


"The Catcher in the Rye" was written by J.D Salinger in the year of 1951. This book also took place in the 1950s. The story is being told by a rebellious sixteen year old named, Holden Caulfield. Holden wants to save his innocence and doesn't want to grow up. He is dealing with a lot of things from his younger brother Allie dying, and being expelled from his fourth school, Pencey. After being expelled from the prep school, he visits New York for a weekend and spends the nights in a hotel. During the time he is in New York, he goes on a date with Sally, and he also meets up with Jane. He also had a prostitute named Sunny in his room and a guy beat him up for five dollars. Ptsd is a shorten name for post-traumatic stress disorder. This disorder develops in people who experienced a shocking, scary, dangerous event. People with ptsd feel frightened or stressed even when they are not in danger.

To be diagnosed with ptsd you must have gone through all of the following at least in a month. Having re-experiencing symptoms. Re-experiencing symptoms is having bad dreams, frightening thoughts, and flashbacks. Which Holden has been going through all of these in the past two weeks. Also having cognition and mood symptoms. Which Holden has been going through mood swings and mood symptoms in the past weekend. Especially with his date with Sally, and the prostitute, Sunny, in his hotel room.

Another symptom includes avoidance. Avoidance includes staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the traumatic event. An example of Holden experiencing this symptom is when he traveled to New York after being kicked out of Pencey. Also how he didn't go to his brother Allie's funeral nor doesn't like visiting his grave. The last symptom that you must be going through to have ptsd is, arousal and reactivity. This means you have difficulty sleeping, you're easily startled, and you have angry outbursts. Holden has been going through these symptoms as well.


Created with images by 50 Watts - "M. S. Corley, Catcher in the Rye (entry for the 50 Watts' Polish Book Cover Contest)"

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