in chapter 1 and 2
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In the opening chapters of the novel, Holden is reflecting on the events in his life which have led to his present location. Holden tells us -
'I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy.'
From this, and him telling us that his brother -
'comes over and visits me practically every weekend'
and will take him home
'next month maybe'
We deduce that Holden has had some sort of breakdown and is in a facility for mental health care.
'The Catcher in the Rye' - J D Salinger