Theme Of Depression In Catcher In The Rye

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Depression Depression is the feeling of severe despondency and dejection or a mental condition. Being depressed is a normal reaction to a lost life, struggle, or injured self esteem. Depression also has many symptoms in which sometimes can cause a human their life. It's okay to feel sad and lonely up to the point when the feelings become overwhelming or when they involve physical symptoms that are long-term. These feelings can lead someone from not keeping a normal and active life. If the symptoms are not treated correctly they may worsen in months if not years. Throughout Catcher and the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, depression plays a major role in Holden’s characteristics. Adolescents today tend to become depressed as well as adults. It has been proven that 1 out of 8 adolescents suffer from depression. There are many reasons why teens become depressed whether it has to do with school, social status, anxiety,or even their family life, but whatever the cause is they all have a major impact on their daily interactions with…show more content…
Although Holden might have been a smart man, he made bad decisions and proved to have a low self-esteem.The signs of depression he shows throughout the book included his acting out behavior when he wrote the bad essay. Even throughout the book Holden showed depression and irritable mood. He felt agitated at every little thing. His Irresponsible behavior shown in school and his constant need for alcohol is a clear sign of depression. People tend to look for other methods to cope with their sadness and his need to drink showed this. Holden showed the symptom of Insomnia when instead of sleeping he invited prostitutes and even spied on people. The need for short felt pleasure was a way he tried to block out his sadness. Holden didn't have a good relationship with his parents which resulted in lack of resources to find
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