Cather in the Rye - Holden

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Do you know that about 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood? According to Teen Depression:
Teen depression can affect a teen regardless of gender, social background, income level, race, or school or other achievements, though teenage girls report suffering from depression more often than teenage boys. Teenage boys are less likely to seek help or recognize that they suffer from depression, probably due to different social expectations for boys and girls – girls are encouraged to express their feelings while boys are not. Teenage girls’ somewhat stronger dependence on social ties, however, can increase the chances of teen depression being triggered by social factors, such as loss of friends.
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Antolini, he was Holden’s teacher at Elkton Hills, this is clear that he is not Holden’s friends. Holden Caulfield isolates himself because of his depression.
The third symptom that Holden has been experiencing is always talking about his traumatic event. He still can’t cope with his brother death. His brother, Allie died from leukemia when Holden was still young. Allie is a very important person to Holden. Holden describes him as “terrifically intelligent” (Salinger 38) and “about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that’re alive and all” (Salinger 171). After Allie’s death, Holden broke all the widows in the garage with his fist. He states, “I know he’s dead! Don't you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can’t I? Just because somebody’s dead, you don’t just stop liking them, for God’s sake” (Salinger 171). This shows that Holden still thinking about Allie even after his death. He is still unable to move from his past. Moreover, when ever Holden is feeling alone and depress he images talking to his brother. He confirms, “I started talking, sort of loud, to Allie, I do that sometimes when I get very depressed” (Salinger 98). He talked to Allie saying, “Okay. Go home and get your bike and meet me in front of Bobby’s house. Hurry up” (Salinger 99). He still feels guilty about the time when he didn’t take his brother to the Lake Sedebego. Almost at the end of the book, Holden says:
Every time I’d get to the end of a block I’d make
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