By taking a Sherlock Holmes themed Writing Seminar II class, I was familiar with the theory of Sherlock Holmes having a mental disorder. For my final research paper, I decided to write about this theory and diagnose Holmes. I began by researching mental disorders and their symptoms. Once I had taken notes, I looked at the symptoms and compared them to Sherlock Holmes. I removed the disorders that did not relate to Holmes and narrowed the list down to Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder, and Savant Syndrome. Next, I found specific examples from Sherlock Holmes pieces that exhibited Holmes demonstrating the symptoms of each mental disorder. The writing process took two full days followed by revising. I had the paper proof read and altered the organization of my paragraphs. Then the piece was complete!
"The Complicated Mind of Sherlock Holmes,"
Line by Line: A Journal of Beginning Student Writing: Vol. 4
, Article 4.
Available at: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/lxl/vol4/iss2/4