Depression Research Essay

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Depression Research Essay

Over 75% of teenagers throughout America have suffered or will suffer from depression at least once in their lifetime. Depression is an emotional disorder which shows symptoms such as persistent feelings of hopelessness, sadness, inability to sleep, and, sometimes, suicidal tendencies. It develops in people of all ages without their knowledge or consent and starts to interfere with their daily life. Holden Caulfield, from the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is a 16-year-old boy who, when expelled from his fourth boarding school, goes to New York City to avoid telling his parents news of his expulsion. As he wanders around the city pondering his life and past memories, he sinks deeper and deeper into the feeling of loneliness he carries with him. Holden is exhibiting one of the many signs caused by depression, a disorder that affects vast number of people in America. Depression affects everyone, including teenagers like Holden, with contributing factors occurring in the past, present, and future.

One of the major contributing influences for depression are traumatic events that occur in a person’s past. Numerous amount of studies show that “people who become depressed report that a single traumatic event has happened to cause the depression” (www.all about This quotation states that one single devastating incident can eventually lead to depression as is shown in Holden Caulfield’s case. Events like this take away a sense of control and cause great emotional upheaval as well. An example of a traumatic event which caused emotional upheaval and loss of control is shown on page 39 of the Catcher in the Rye, where Holden describes the death of his brother Allie: “He’s dead now. He got Leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946.… I slept in the garage the night he died and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist…” (Salinger 39). In this quote the reader sees that a...
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