Bipolar disorder is a manic-depressive illness. A manic depression would have a swing in emotions. A manic person would be elated and have high energy levels, while a depressed person would have unhappy thoughts, such as sadness and can lead to other serious conditions if not treated. These emotions affect how someone would act around people and affect the type of situation the person with manic-depression would be in. Holden is a moody teenager, but he can become what seems delusional from his mood swings.
Do risky things or have reckless sex
The symptoms that stood out the greatest to affect Holden were doing risky things, like spend a lot of money or have reckless sex. " Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks" Holden's loss of interest in the people he had been around, or his past could have caused his manic depression (NIMH). Holden does not have much influence so he cannot make formative decisions. In the reader's view Holden attempts to have sex, but second guesses himself and recalls for his innocence. One quote to show Holden has a sudden thought is when Maurice, the elevator operator, asked Holden if he wants to buy a prostitute, "' Interested in a little tail t'night?' ... 'Okay' I said . It was against my principles, and I was feeling so depressed I didn't even think" (Salinger 91). This quote shows Holden agreeing and even though he didn't decide on his own to think about getting a prostitute he believes he can get away with it. Another quote, "'Don't you feel like talking for a while?' I asked her" shows Holden does not want to proceed in the sexual actions, and suddenly feels unready for the situation (Salinger 95). There are other symptoms that stood out to resemble Holden.