Holden Caulfield : Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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When a person hears the phrase, post traumatic stress disorder, most of the time they imagine soldiers returning from war to their families. However, people are not always aware that this disorder occurs in seemingly normal people. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield seems to deal with this disorder. Looking at the surface of the novel, this is unclear. Therefore, this is an inferred trait in the novel. The reader must figure out for themselves that the protagonist retains the disorder. Holden Caulfield suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as he fits the description of symptoms and causes for his issues. Before pursuing Holden’s condition it is important to understand that the disorder can be extremely serious in some and less dramatic in others. This is determined by the cause of the disorder and how the person copes with it. There are several symptoms that clearly display this disorder and once again, it depends on the cause. There are four main signs to know that a person is dealing with PTSD. The first symptom of the disorder is reliving the event. Whatever frightening event occurred to cause the disorder can be relived over and over. These memories may come from nightmares or flashbacks. They are capable of occurring extremely often. However the flashbacks do not usually come about on their own. There is most likely something called a trigger that forces the person’s brain to relive the traumatic event. The person may see, hear, or smell…
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