I really enjoy the Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes movies. I also love BBCs Sherlock, and the original Doyle stories, and I read and review a lot of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. So, yes, in general I’m a big fan, but there’s something special about the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies I especially like.
In the first movie there’s a scene where Sherlock is waiting for Watson and his fiancée, and you see him taking in everything around him, seemingly unable to not soak everything in, he’s so distracted by his surroundings that he doesn’t notice Watson’s arrival.
In the second movie there’s a scene where he’s dancing with Simza and she asks him what he sees. He replies that he sees everything. That’s his curse.
For me that’s one of the best descriptions of what it’s like to have ADD. We are unable to filter out all the random noises and things happening around us. Our brain takes everything and in and we have to sort each one as it comes in. It’s exhausting.
I’ve dealt with ADD my entire life. I’m 42 and I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed at a young age, so I’ve had several decades to figure out how to compensate for it. My medication and my GTD planning system make work and life easier - to a point. But it never goes away and it’s always there.