Another perilous symptom that Holden expresses is irritability. He is a very miserable teenager all throughout the book, constantly cursing at people or yelling at them. Holden gets into fights with a few people too like when he fights his roommate and when he fights Maurice because he refused to pay the extra $5 for calling Sally. Holden was always hot tempered when it came to just about anything. As the book states, "...Then I went over and laid down on Ely's bed. Boy, did I feel rotten. I felt so damn lonesome" (Salinger 47). Holden never felt like he belonged anywhere which made him feel very angry with the life he lived, like there was always something missing. This is another symptom that Holden possessed that showed that he was depressed.
The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, Holden portrays symptoms such as worthlessness and irritability which diagnosis him with depression. Holden goes through very traumatic experiences such as losing his brother, being molested by teachers and getting kicked out of school. For a while he never feels good enough to accomplish anything. Holden also goes through a lot of different experiences while he's running around New York like when he buys a prostitute and when he gets in a fight with his roommate at school. There were a lot of signals that portray depression symptoms in Holden's behavior all throughout the book. I strongly believe that Holden is considered depressed.
National Institutes of Mental Health. “Depression.” National Institute of Mental Health, Oct. 2016. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml. Accessed 3 Feb. 2017.
Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. Little, Brown, and Company, 1951.