who is holden caufield

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Who is Holden Caulfield? Holden is the 16 year old protagonist of the author J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Holden is recognized for not wanting to grow up and his want to protect his childhood innocence. Holden is none for his extreme amount of always complaining about things and always saying how depressed he is and how he hates to socialize. Due to traumatic events in his past, Holden Caulfield has Post Traumatic stress disorder, and it leads to depression, sleeplessness and substance abuse.

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an emotional illness that is classified as an anxiety disorder and usually develops as a result of a terribly frightening traumatic experience. People with PTSD re-experience the traumatic event or events in some way, tend to avoid places, people, or other things that remind them of the event, and are sensitive to normal life experiences. Holden Caulfield experiences these this daily in The Catcher in the Rye. "When the weather's nice, my parents go out quite frequently and stick a bunch of flowers on old Allie's grave.

I went with them a couple of times, but I cut it out. In the first place, I don't enjoy seeing him in that crazy cemetery. Surrounded by dead guys and tombstones and all. It wasn't too bad when the sun was out, but twice - twice - we were there when it started to rain. It was awful. It rained on his lousy tombstone, and it rained on the grass on his stomach. It rained all over the place. All the visitors that were visiting the cemetery started running like hell over to their cars. That's what nearly drove me crazy. All the visitors could get in their cars and turn on their radios and all and then...