Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

1736 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 7 Pages
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is a serious and sometimes terrifying condition that affects a small amount of people, but in a significantly large way. Those living with PTSD struggle daily to find peace within themselves to be able to heal properly and live a life as normal as possible. Holden Caulfield, from the novel Catcher in the Rye, is an instance of a teenager suffering with PTSD, trying to find his way out of the dark and into happiness. PTSD is a serious condition caused by severe trauma that affects people in similar ways, which requires treatment, much like Holden experiences in Catcher in the Rye. Few people actually know what PTSD is and the symptoms that occur with it because they have not had to deal with it personally. PTSD is defined by the experts as an illness affecting a person going through hard times and experiencing demanding thoughts after a traumatic event has occurred in their life (Sudden Bereavement:). People suffering with PTSD want to forget the hard times they are going through, therefore they resort to depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorder (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)). These actions are similar to the things Holden does Catcher in the Rye. In this novel, Holden does things such as drink alcohol, smoke, and hires a prostitute so he can try to forget the pain he is feeling and dealing with constantly. “7.7 million Americans 18 and older have PTSD” (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)). Provided that, about 2…
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