The Mind Changing Disease : From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The Mind Changing Disease.
Throughout the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger the main character Holden Caulfield Shows Valid signs of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Holden exhibits PTSD Through his thought process and actions during his journey through New York City until the end of the novel. Holden without a doubt experiences a psychological journey and shows PTSD like symptoms from his departure at Pencey Prep till he ends up at a mental institution. Holden is burdened with this mental illness most likely by the death of his younger brother, Allie as Holden shows signs of his feelings towards the death and how he is coping with it. First, To understand Holden’s connection with PTSD oneself should be informed on what exactly is PTSD. PTSD is a mental illness that occurs in the brain’s stress response system which is triggered by a terrifying event that involved physical harm or the threat of it. Also, one does not need to be directly harmed in order it receive PTSD, the harmful event could have happened to a loved one or even a stranger. The disease can also be associated with people that have pre-existing abnormalities in the brain stress response system and can usually be predisposed to develop PTSD. It was first brought to public by war veterans and their suffering with PTSD especially those who served in the Vietnam War. In Holden’s case It was most like he developed PTSD when his brother Allie died as holden says “He got leukemia…

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