Gabriella Rizack Abnormal Psychology February 9, 2014 Perks of Being a Wallflower The novel “Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky is about a shy freshman in high school named Charlie. Charlie is an introvert who struggles on a daily basis to interact with others. He suffers from depression due to a difficult childhood he faced. As a child, his aunt Helen sexually abused him. Throughout the book, it is evident that this abuse still impacts him today. Additionally, his best friend committed suicide prior to Charlie starting high school. Luckily, he meets two seniors, a boy and a girl. They take him under their wing and force him out of his comfort zone. He is introduced to other teenagers in high school and begins hanging out outside of his house more frequently. During the book, it is evident that Charlie is experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He possesses all of the main etiologic characteristics of the disorder. Charlie experienced trauma as a young child when his aunt
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