A Socially Acceptable Form Of Schizophrenia

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Writer E. L. Doctorow defines writing as “a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia”. Doctorow believes writing can be about anything, no matter how arbitrary, and still be acceptable. J.D. Salinger writes The Catcher in the Rye to tell about Holden Caulfield 's misadventures in a 1950’s New York. After Holden, the narrator and protagonist, is expelled from yet another boarding school, he hides it from his parents. Mental illness plagues Holden’s life, and at the end of the book, he ends up in a mental hospital in California. Holden Caulfield could be diagnosed with schizophrenia because in The Catcher in the Rye, he exhibits signs of the illness, such as frequent delusions, disorganised thinking, and negative symptoms, all of which impact proper cognitive function, leading to suicidal tendencies and an overall sense of melancholy.
Mental illness is a universal term used to describe serious mental health conditions that affect actions, behaviour, and mood. The most common mental illnesses are depression, anxiety, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is “a severe brain disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally” (“Mental Health”). Only a small portion of the world develops schizophrenia, and the exact causes are still unknown. Scientists have proven that genetics, environment, brain chemistry, and substance abuse all play a role in the likelihood someone will become schizophrenic. The probability that a person develops schizophrenia increases if…
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