Through some analysis and studying I believe Holden has Bipolar Disorder. He has a specific one that is named Cyclothymic Disorder, a type of Bipolar disorder with numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms as well numerous periods depressive episodes lasting up to two years(NIMH). Some symptoms of Bipolar Disorder are having trouble sleeping,sleeping to little or to much. Another symptom is doing risky things, like spend a lot of money or have reckless sex. There are more but Holden seems to exhibit these two the most.
The first symptom that Holden shows of Bipolar Disorder is having a hard time falling asleep and sleeping to little or to much. Near the beginning of the book, at Pencey Prep, Holden is still up around ten thirty working on Stradlater's paper for English. When Stradlater gets on from his date with Jean Gallagher. Around eleven Holden confronts Stradlater and they get into a fight,"Then he really let one go at me and the next thing I knew I was on the goddamn floor again"(Salinger 45). Then later in the vibrant city of New York Holden has a hard time falling asleep so he wanders around the city in search of something to kill time,"The cab I had was a real old one that smelled like someone'd just tossed his cookies in it. I always get those vomity kind of cabs if I go anywhere late at night"(Salinger 81).These examples are one of many that Holden has trouble falling asleep, and sleeping to little or to much, which is just one sign of Bipolar Disorder, Cyclothymic Disorder. One symptom alone will not prove this analysis, but many together may be able to prove it.
Streets of New York at night.
The other symptom that Holden exhibits throughout the book. Doing risky things, like spend a lot of money or have reckless sex. When Holden gets to New York he makes a lot of impulsive decisions," 'Okay,' I said. It was against my principles and all but I was feeling so depressed I didn't even think"(Salinger 91). Holden didn't think he just did and the next day he payed for those consequences,"Then he smacked me. I didn't even try to get out of the way or duck or anything. All I felt was this terrific punch in the second"(Salinger 103). With this symptom proved it can be used to draw the conclusion.