Diagnosing Holden Jake Miller

In the Book Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D Salinger in 1951, The main character is a boy name Holden Caulfield. He is a boy struggling to find his way in the world, because he try's to take on New York city all by him self. The choices he makes and actions he does, makes it seem like he has a mental illness. The mental illness he has is Post-traumatic stress Disorder. The reason he is diagnostic in this way because he shows re-experiencing and arousal and reactivity symptoms. Mental Illness can completely change people's personality.

The first symptom of that Holden shows is arousal and reactivity this mean a person is feeling tense cant sleep sleep, or becomes very angry. Holden said," “People never notice anything" (saligner 22). This quotes shows how Holden can become very anger and feel obsolete. It also shows how erratic his behavior can be. Another quote that shows his symptom is, “It's not too bad when the sun's out, but the sun only comes out when it feels like coming out,” (Salinger 200). This shows a new level of confusion for Holden it shows that he is so tense and an angry at the sun for not always being out.

The next Symptom is Re-experiencing this can come forth in many different ways such as; flashbacks, bad dreams, frightening thoughts. Re-experiencing may cause mood swings and harsh changes in a persons routines. A line that shows Holden experiencing this symptom, "“Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will”(Salinger 141) This quote so how expansive the condition had become for Holden. Holden said he would volunteered to sit on atomic bomb.

In conclusion Holden is not mentally stable. The facts lead to diagnosis him with PTSD. In the book catcher in the rye Holden's mental illness completely changes his personality. it changes his personality from normal fun teenagers to a confused scared angry teen.

The National Institute of Mental Health. "Post-Traumatic stress Disorder." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017.

Salinger, J.D. The catcher in the rye Little, Brown and company, 1951


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