From chapter one to three of Percy Jackson And the Olympians, readers can see that Percy and his community are impacted by both his ADHD and his relationships. ADHD impacts his academic grades and behavior, while positive relationships impact his health and emotions. However, there are also ways to improve him, like going to stimulating environments and expressing his emotions.
ADHD impacts Percy’s behavior throughout the book. On page 2 of the book, there is a quote mentioning that how his ADHD makes him fidget and causes him trouble. “At my (Percy)fourth grade school, when we took a behind the scenes tour of the marine shark pool, I sort of hit the wrong lever on the catwalk and our class took an unexpected swim.” This is due to his ADHD because in the article it states that “Getting easily distracted and avoiding activities that requires focus are also symptoms.” ADHD also can affect his grades. In Percy’s case, his grades “Slipped from Ds to Fs”. (Pg.17) He thought that it was caused of his stupidness, but it was actually caused by ADHD because in the article it claims that “The symptoms include often losing items, not paying attention to details or making careless mistakes in school and not listening most of the time.” From these quotes, we can see that Percy’s ADHD not only affects him on making nonacademic behaviors (getting in trouble), it also affects him on his academic scores because he gets easily distracted and doesn’t notice about details. Though ADHD can make things more difficult for him, Percy’s behavior could also be improved. “People with ADHD also do their best in stimulating environments. They like to be outdoors and move their bodies.” From this quote in the article, we can see that they are recommending Percy and others with ADHD to go outdoors and move more often. This could be true considering the fact Percy doesn’t like being in school, which sets place indoors.
Positive relationships also affect his decisions. On page 33 of the book, Percy says that “When she looks at me, it’s like she’s seeing all the good things about me, none of the bad.” This not only makes him feel good, it also links to his health. In the article, it mentions that “In a study of over 100 people, researchers found that people who completed a stressful task experienced a faster recovery when they were reminded of people with whom they had strong relationships with. Along with that, on page 22-23 of the book, Percy says that ““My mother can make me feel good just by walking into the room.” again, this is beneficial to his health because in the article, it indicates that “According to research by psychologist Sheldon Cohen, college students who reported having strong relationships were half as likely to catch a common cold when exposed to the virus, while an AARP study with older adults found that loneliness is a significant predictor of poor health.” Percy’s decisions not only impact him but can also to improve him. “I froze. I’m not usually an eavesdropper, but I dare you to try not listening if you hear your best friend talking about you to an adult.” (pg19) After he heard that, Percy didn’t talk to Grover about it, instead he only replied to Grover “Just tired” (pg21). One solution next time the same thing happens, he could try what relationship expert Venus Nicolino recommends and respectfully express how you feel, and then drop it. Accept that you won’t change anyone’s mind.
Overall, from various aspects, readers can tell that Percy can both get impacted and improved by his decisions, such as ADHD affecting his academic grades and behavior, and positive relationships affecting his health and emotions. Still, his actions could also be improved by staying in stimulating environments and expressing his emotions.