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Holden, Charlie, And Devon: An Analysis Of The Psychological Disorders In Three Characters Includes Outline And Works Cited Page!

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OUTLINEHolden, Charlie, and Devon:An Analysis of the Psychological Disorders in Three CharactersTo truly understand the characters (as well as their thoughts and actions) in The Catcher in the Rye, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Not as Crazy as I Seem, it is necessary to understand the psychological disorders that they deal with, such as manic-depressive disorder, obsessive--compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic Stress disorder, and others.A. IntroductionB. Holden1. About MDD/SchizophreniaI. SymptomsII. Causes2. Holden and MDDI. Tendenciesa. Feeling that everyone is "phony"b. Suicidal thoughtsII. Examples found in text3. Holden and SchizophreniaI. Tendencies/symptomsII. Examples found in textC. Charlie1. About GAD/PTSSI. SymptomsII. Causes2. Charlie and GADI. Tendencies/symptomsa. Social anxietiesb. Personal anxietiesII. Examples found in text3. Charlie and PTSSI. TendenciesII. Examples found in textIII. Charlie's causeD. Devon1. About OCDI. SymptomsII. Causes2. Devon and OCDI. TendenciesII. Examples found in textIII. Devon's causeE. ConclusionPAPERHolden, Charlie, and Devon:An Analysis of the Psychological Disorders in Three Characters.The characters in The Catcher in the Rye, Not as Crazy as I Seem, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower may seem completely different, but they are alike in many ways. Holden, Charlie, and Devon are three boys from three different decades, cities, and families, but there is one thing that ties them together. All three of them have psychological disorders. To truly understand the characters (as well as their thoughts and actions) in The Catcher in the Rye, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Not as Crazy as I Seem, it is necessary to understand the psychological disorders that they deal with, such as manic-depressive disorder, obsessive--compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic Stress disorder, and others.Holden Caulfield, the main character in Salinger's award-winning The Catcher in the Rye is a very troubled youth, however, in the time period in which this book took place (between 1940 and 1945), the scientific data needed to properly diagnose and treat an adolescent with problems such as his was nonexistent. Holden suffers from Manic-Depressive Disorder (MDD). MDD is often characterized by mood swings, depression, mania, or a swing between depression and mania (Kahn, 245). Holden suffers from nearly all of the symptoms that characterize this disorder. Examples of his depression are displayed on the very first page of the text, when he says that no one would want to hear what he had to say, and again when he speaks of his own stupidity. Holden displays his depression in many ways, but mainly in his offhand comments about people, and...

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