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The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 by the author JD Salinger Salinger since then its been taught in Literature classes around the United States and held up as an American classic around the world Even so its immense popularity and approximately 65 million copies sold worldwide Yardley hasnt faced its own set of obstacles between 1961 and 1982 it was the most challenged book in high schools and libraries in the United States Baldassarro The severe censorship this novel has faced is primarily due to the actions and behaviors of the main character Holden Caulfield a six-teen year old boy at a critical time in his life The heinous acts of this young character is said to include blasphemy undermining family values encouraging rebellion and promotion of drinking smoking lying and promiscuity Baldassarro Other opinions of this book claim Holdens isnt simple badly behaved but rather that he is suffering from a very common mental illness depression According to the Mayo Clinic depression is a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest Depression affects the way a person thinks about something or behaves it more than simply not feeling your best Mayo Clinic Staff Depression isnt something that simply goes away if the feelings of sadness are persistent and overwhelming than a person is more likely to be depressed Depression is described as the point where the sadness seems greater than physiological needs and the loss of interest includes the dwindling desire to live Mayo Clinic Staff It is believed that about 91 of adults in 45 states exhibit symptoms of depression that meet the criteria for this disorder An Estimated fictional character Holden Caulfield also meets these standardsNearly 20 of teens report experiencing depression before reaching adulthood while only 30 of those teens are receiving care for their disorder Borchard Depression is common especially after traumatic childhood experiences stressful life events such as the death
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