In the Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, published in 1951, a teen named Holden I struggling through a mental disorder and his goal is to save other children's innocence. I believe that Holden is suffering from depression because of the multiple symptoms he shows throughout the book. In Salinger's the Catcher in the Rye, Holden is suffering from depression showing symptoms of suicidal thoughts and irritability.
Thoughts of Suicide
Holden has talked about suicide at different points in the book which is a clear sign of depression and it makes the reader think that he may actually be contemplating suicide. When doing research I saw this was one of the symptoms of depression, "If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least 2 weeks, you maybe be suffering from depression... thoughts of death or suicide" (NIMH). He said many things in the book as well as shown in the quote, "What it really felt like though, was, committing suicide . I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would've done it too, if I'd be 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 glory" (Salinger 104). Holden was having some problems at the time which lead to him saying these kinds of things. It very clearly shows that he is suicidal which is a major symptom of Depression so I feel that would be the correct diagnosis for Holden.