Teenage Depression Statistics Essay

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Twenty percent of teens in America today suffer from at least one symptom of depression.( Teenage Depression Statistics ) Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts, that affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. Depression symptoms include loss of emotional expression, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, and social withdrawal (Teenage Depression Statistics )Holden Caulfield, in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, suffers from symptoms of depression. Because of his mental illness, he is a misunderstood, confused young character who is in search of his identity and place in the world. He suffers from symptoms of depression, which are …show more content…
Holden then catches himself in the lie and he remarks, "Once I get started, I can go on for hours if I feel like it," (Salinger, 58). This compulsive lying demonstrates that Holden is not at ease with himself and that he feels that people will judge him critically. Whether or not this feeling has a basis in reality, the mere feeling is a contributing factor to Holden's depression. Holden's illness prevents him from having the ability to distinguish between how he perceives the world, and how it actually is. This leads him to have a jaded outlook on life, and to deem many aspects of the adult world to be insincere, or phony. allies deathOne major occurrence from Holden's past that had great influence on Holden's unstable personality was the premature death of his younger brother Allie. Holden idolizes Allie to immeasurable bounds. Allie's death was a great calamity to Holden and contributed to his admission to an asylum after his initial emotional collapse. In a tumult of grief and aggravation on the night that Allie died, Holden shattered all the windows in his garage with his fists. "I was merely thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my first just for the hell of it. …. My hand still hurts me once in a while, when it rains and all, and I can't make a
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