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…show more content…
In the 1950’s where the setting of the novel took place it is obvious to see that PTSD is not nearly as common as it is in modern times but was still somewhat relevant due to mostly the chaos surrounding World War II as the National center for post traumatic stress disorder says that 37% of the WWII veterans have current PTSD. Also including the Vietnam War, more than half of all Vietnam Veterans about 1.7 million have experienced PTSD according to Webmd. But war veterans aren’t the only ones who develop The disease,in the united states 60% of men and 50% of women experience a traumatic event in their lifetimes of those 8% of men and 20% of woman may develop PTSD. So yes, it can be concluded that most PTSD victims in Holden’s time were either WWII veterans or just abnormal cases of it scattered here and there which is probably the case for Holden. Holden was never really diagnosed With PTSD or if he was he never says as he ends the novel with “THAT 'S ALL i’m going to tell you about. I could probably tell you what I did after I went home, and how i got sick and all, and what school i’m supposed to go to next fall, after i get out of here, but i don’t feel like it” (Salinger 234). But The symptoms of PTSD and Holden’s behavior are very similar which leads oneself to agree that he does suffer from PTSD. For example the national institute of mental health says PTSD is usually accompanied by depression
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