Erik Rosenlund was inspired to make the short film after becoming a father and remembering his own experiences growing up. Though he was never formally diagnosed with ADHD, the cause is still near and dear to his heart.
“I think it’s a large chunk of myself to some degree,” said Rosenlund. “That’s certainly how I felt sometimes when I was as a kid. It can be very difficult to get my attention when I’m thinking about something.”
Though not intended to depict one attention disorder in particular, Rosenlund’s work has clearly resonated with those affected by ADHD. Which is important when you consider an estimated 6.4 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 4 and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD. They can have trouble focusing, reading, remembering things, and, sadly, even making friends.
Because of this, people have many misconceptions around ADHD. But as Rosenlund’s short film illustrates, an attention disorder such as ADHD is a very real and serious condition that requires patience and — most importantly — love.