Symptoms And Treatments Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Adam Baggs Mrs. Guzzo ENG3UI Monday, October 20, 2014 CAUSES, SYMPTOMS, AND TREATMENTS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN RELATION TO HOLDEN CAUFIELD INTRODUCTION Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect any person who experiences a traumatic event throughout their life. Experiencing death at a young age and lack of parental support through a hard time can lead a young adult to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.). In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, When Holden’s younger brother, Allie Caufield, dies from leukemia, it is very difficult emotionally for Holden, as he was very close to his brother and receives very little emotional support from his family. Often times, symptoms such as sleep loss,…show more content…
The purpose of this report is to prove how in the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden Caufield, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and to determine which treatments would be most effective for him. Causes of Holden’s P.T.S.D. Nearly any traumatic event that affects a person can be a causing factor of P.T.S.D, even if it is something that would not affect most at all. (Harris). Anything from seeing an unknown person being assaulted on the street, to being involved in a war can cause P.T.S.D. Generally, the risk of P.T.S.D. depends on the severity and proximity of the traumatic event. Experiencing the Death of a Person Many people experiencing P.T.S.D. experience it as a result of seeing a loved one injured or killed (Regehr 676). By seeing his brother Allie die of Leukemia at the age of 11, Holden experiences trauma. According to studies, the degrees of symptoms depend on the proximity of trauma exposure and the number of which one is exposed to (676). Holden’s trauma was very severe because it was his brother, who he was very close to, that passed away. In addition to experiencing his brother’s death, Holden also encounters a boy, James Castle, who jumps to his death while wearing Holden’s sweater (Salinger 170). Holden has been faced with two traumatic events in his life, one involving a person very close to him, therefore, this significantly increases his risk of P.T.S.D. Lack of Support “Parents have been shown
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