One as Holden stated, “I oughta go down

One of the most common and detrimental psychological condition is depressive disorder or clinical depression. In “The Catcher in The Rye” J.D Salinger highlighted that Holden is enduring the emotional pain of separation with his younger brother, Allie. Along with his low-esteem, impulsiveness and indecisiveness we can conclude that Holden is suffered from Persistent Depressive Disorder or Dysthymia and Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD. (DSM-V, 168,170,663).
To begin with, Holden’s isolation from society is a cause to his disorders, he isolates himself from everyone as he shun from making any social bonds. For instance, Holden avoids meeting Jane Gallagher, despite desperately wanting to meet her. This is revealed as Holden stated, “I oughta go down and say hello to her… I’m not in the mood right now.” ( Salinger, 32-33). This quote shows that because of Holden’s insecurities (low-esteem) is preventing him from forming relationships with people around him. It possibly could be due to Holden’s fear of being neglected that he is incapable of develop and maintain a relationship. Second, Holden isolates himself from society as he chooses to live in the past. For example,
In conclude, Holden’s downfall and eventually lead him into Dysthymia and BPD, is evident through his isolation from society, impulsive behavior and internal emotional turmoil. Holden’s teacher, Mr. Antolini points out that if he does not change his ways of thinking, it can turn Holden’s life for worse. Eventually, Holden stated to question his tainted morality and impractical approach to life at the end of the book, his eventual adaptation is a cause of his reconnected relationship with Phoebe Caulfield. One may say the Phoebe is every things opposite to that of Holden’s.


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