Holden makes many dark comments about his death. He often talks about what he thinks his funeral will be like and wonders which of his loved ones will attend it. Holden wishes throughout the book that tragic events would happen just so that he could die. "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 18) It is well known by many people that obtaining depression often increases the chances of suicide. Holden has been by himself for a long period of time without comfort from friends family. This can cause a teenager to feel sad, unwanted, and used. It is proven that "Current research suggests that depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors". (NIMH) Since Holden has been in an environment of his own lately this could very much increase suicidal thoughts.
In Salinger's The Cather In The Rye, Holden undergoes depression and displays many indicators that the illness obtains. Isolation and suicidal thoughts is one of many symptoms of depression that Holden has. His isolation from large groups of people and social activities clearly shows how isolated he really is. His remarkable amount of discussion about suicide and death shows the thoughts he has towards suicide. In conclusion, Holden's signs and symptoms declares that he has depression.
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National Institute of Mental Health. "Depression." National Institute of Mental Health, Oct. 2016, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Accessed 1 Feb. 2017.