Mental health in the 1950’s wasn’t really known, people just thought that there was just something was wrong with them and there was no help for the people who had mental health, you were just outcast from society. In the book The Catcher and the Rye the character Holden Caulfield shows many sings that he could have a mental illness. He shows signs that he could have depression by saying numerous times in the book that that he is lonely. He also shows signs that he could have ADHD by not listening to his family when they tell him that he need to pull his head in and pay more attention to what he is doing. He also shows signs by trying to attract attention to himself by swearing, smoking and just not doing what he’s told. In the book Holden Caulfield shows signs of depression by saying numerous times in the book that he’s lonely.