Being that depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, it is not unlikely for Holden Caulfield to be one of the many who are affected by this disorder. Throughout the book Holden showcases his irritability in many ways, one being the way he acts towards others. "Depression is now recognized as occurring in children and adolescents, although it sometimes presents with more prominent irritability than low mood." This piece of evidence shows to recognize the fact that depression is something that occurs in teens just like Holden, and it is not uncommon. Another way that Holden makes his irritability known is the fact he is so judgmental and refers to many people as "phonies." An additional instance of where Holden shows the fact he is easily irritated is when he is on his date with Sally. When he goes on the date, Holden first feels like he could fall in love with Sally. Although he feels strongly for her initially, by the end of the date Holden and Sally have an argument due to Holden's ability to become irritated by even the smallest things. "She always knew somebody, any place you took her, or thought she did. She kept saying that till i got bored as hell (Salinger 127)." Even though she was on a date with him, Holden became very angry with Sally once she took her attention off of him and was paying more attention to George when he came into the restaurant. This proves the fact that Holden can be irritated by small things, including things that may not be directed towards him. His amount of irritation helps to show that Holden suffers from depression.
Throughout the book Catcher in The Rye by J.D Salinger, it is explained that Holden Caulfield goes through many things in his life which led him to be the person he is. Due to some of the things that happened in Holden's life effected him, with one effect being him suffering from depression. Holden's depression is manifested by both his suicidal thoughts as well as his irritability.
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Salinger, J. D. Catcher In The Rye. New York: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.