Symptoms And Treatments Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

2995 Words Oct 27th, 2014 12 Pages
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, decreased academic performance, difficulty maintaining relationships, increased reliance on harmful substances, and impulsive and violent behaviours can be present in an individual who is suffering from P.T.S.D. Throughout the novel, Holden spends his nights roaming around New York City, gets kicked out of four schools, cannot communicate or maintain relationships, smokes and drinks, and acts impulsively and violently when stressed. For P.T.S.D. patients, treatment options such as psychotherapy, trauma systems therapy, and medication can be used to aid individuals in coping and will be explored in this report. Although Holden refuses help throughout the novel, it is written in flashbacks so that the reader learns that Holden did in fact receive…
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