Holden Caulfield Is On His Own Psychological Journey

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Throughout the novel of Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is on his own psychological journey. This journey tells a lot about who Holden is as a person and the problems he is dealing with. It all starts when Holden has flunked out of Pencey Prep. His psychological struggles are triggered by the traumatic event of his brother, Allie, dying 4 years prior. The death of Allie has affected Holden in all aspects of his life, including friends, school, actions, and thoughts. This causes concern in Holden’s parents. They are concerned with his health and well-being, therefore send Holden to a rehab center. His parents fear that Holden may have Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder, and have him psychoanalyzed. So, Holden struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder because he shows the causes, symptoms, and effects of the chronic disorder. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a chronic mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event- either experiencing it or witnessing it (Post-traumatic stress disorder). In Holden Caulfield, the terrifying event was Allie’s death. Holden had to watch Allie suffer through his leukemia, and then deal with the emotional pain after Allie was gone. “PTSD occurs in all age groups, Although, the lifetime risk for developing PTSD in U.S. adults is 3.5 percent. Increased rates of PTSD are notable in those who have jobs that place them at risk for being part of a traumatic event, such as police officers, nurses, and firefighters.
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