Catcher In The Rye

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"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." After a long, learning experience a confused teenage boy concludes his journey with these few words. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger suffers from a nervous breakdown and falls into a state of depression He has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. As his psychoanalyst, there are several ways that could help Holden regain his mental stability. One of which is going back home where he can have the most support from his family. Moreover, he needs social interaction to heal his anxiety disorder so he needs to be placed in a school. Lastly, Holden can be put on medication to suppress his anxiety and to pull him out of his depression. These strategies devised to help Holden have both positive and negative results. However, each plan can help Holden recover from his breakdown.

By going back home to his family, Holden will be surrounded by the people that love and care about him the most. Learning from Holden's experience, he feels comfortable and happy around his little sister Phoebe. He is able to confide in Phoebe about anything and everything. For example, he tells her how fake the people at Pencey are and how bad the school is. In addition, he explains in detail about his fantasy job of catching children, which he describes to Phoebe as, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around -- nobody big, I mean -- except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the...