PTSD In Catcher In The Rye

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Holden's PTSD In The Catcher in the Rye Holden shows self destructive behavior as a result of PTSD. PTSD(post traumatic stress disorder) is caused from traumatic events that happen to a person, and that person not fully recovering from it. The traumatic event that Holden experiences was his brother allie dying, and on top of his death Holden wasn't able to attend the funeral. So he was never able to get the closure he needed and continues to suffer because of it. Holden Caulfeild has PTSD as seen through is loss of Allie, trouble with relationships, and alcohol abuse. Holden lose of his brother Allie was the first and most important part of why Holden developed PTSD. When Holden was only 13 years old his brother and best friend died…show more content…
The fist example is shown through his fear of commitment with Jane Gallagher. Although he was once good close friends with her, when he first finds out that she is on campus and going on a date with Stradlater he asks about her but not once goes and talks to her. He does this because he is afraid of rejection and falling in love then losing what he loved. Which is what happened with Allie. He loved Allie then he died so now Holden subconsciously relates love with death, disappointment, and despair. While people without PTSD relate love with happiness, beauty, and stability. Also he has trouble forming basic relationships with people. With his roommates, Stradlater and Ackly, he admits to not liking them. He dislikes ackly for the simple reason that he has bad hygiene and it annoys Holden. This small annoyance is something that most people would be able to get over but Holden has a habit of dwelling on these minor problems he has with everybody and not being able to get over them. With Stadlater just the fact that he took Jane out on a date and Holden has a secret crush on her, even though he hasn't seen her in years and there is no way for Stadlater to know that. Holden insists on disliking him for that small

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