In 1951 J.D. Salinger wrote the book, The Catcher In The Rye, about a boy named Holden Caulfield running all around the streets of New York. Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. In The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield shows symptoms of depression such as; suicidal thoughts and irritability.
Holden sees the words "f**k you" multiple times written on walls and starts to think "I have a tombstone and all, it'll say 'Holden Caulfield' on it, and what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it'll say 'f**k you.' I'm positive, in fact"(Salinger 204). Holden obviously is having thoughts about his death. Considering he is thinking about what will be on his tombstone when he dies.