A huge risk factor of depression is caused by traumatic events such as major life changes, trauma, or lots of stress (NIMH). Holden's earlier childhood was hard on him, he suffered a lot with witnessing a suicide and being the family let-down because of his poor attitude towards school. The most horrific event in his life was losing his brother Allie to cancer. The night the bad news came, it changed Holden's life forever, "I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the god damn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it." (Salinger 39). His brothers death has caused him anger and grief, frustration and guilt for not being able to say goodbye. He carries that with him and it continues to throw him off as days go by. The tragedies in Holden's life have changed the person he is as he grew up and his way of handling these situations have resulted in him isolating himself and stemming to depression.
The Catcher in the Rye focuses on a depressed boy named Holden Caulfield, written in 1951 by J.D. Salinger. It's quite obvious to me that he is depressed from his symptoms of Isolation and Traumatic Events. Losing his brother at a young age will forever have an impact on him and abolished the peace he had within himself, same with witnessing a peer commit suicide nearby. These and more of his tragedies have changed him forever and with the symptoms and his way of living, i believe Holden Caulfield is depressed.
J.D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye, Little, Brown and Company, 1951, Canada.
National Institute of Mental Health. “Depression.” National Institute of Mental Health, Oct. 2016, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Accessed 4 Feb. 2017.