Schoolwork and friendship are an important part of everyone’s life and well-being. Strong relationships can affect your health while children with ADHD can still concentrate on some subjects! In chapter 1-3 of “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief”, Percy Jackson struggles in school because he has ADHD plus dyslexia, and only one friend.
Positive relationships are an important part of everyone’s well-being. On the way to the museum, “I put up with Nancy Bobofit, the freckly red-headed kleptomaniac girl, hitting my best friend, Grover, in the back of the head with chunks of peanut butter-and-ketchup sandwich.” (page 3) When Grover gets bullied by Nancy Bobofit, Percy stands up for Grover, saying “I’m going to kill her.” even when he is already on the edge of getting expelled from Yancy Academy. In the Newsela article, the author states that “Friendship bonds can help reduce stress, increase happiness and bolster self-confidence.” This means that Percy and Grover’s friendship contribute to a happy and healthy life. When Percy finds out that Grover was actually a satyr, he wonders if Grover was faking being his best friend. “But I wasn’t faking being your friend”, he added hastily. “I am your friend.” (page 44) According to an article published by the University of Minnesota, “Healthy relationships are a vital component of health and wellbeing.” Having strong relationships can also fight off depression and avoid a common virus. When Percy is experiencing stress, he can talk or go and hang out with his best friend, Grover. “Friends are like families, and they may be better than real ones.”
Young adults with ADHD struggle in school, but have you ever wondered what their study habits are like? When Percy tries to concentrate and study for the Latin test, he gets frustrated and throws the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology across his dorm room. “There was no way I was going to remember the difference between Chiron and Charon, or Polydictes and Polydeuces. And conjugating those Latin verbs? Forget it.” (page 18) The ADHD article shows that children with ADHD are often “Avoiding activities that require focus.” Percy’s grades are slipping from Ds to Fs, and he is really stressed out. “Finally, when our English teacher, Mr. Nicoll, asked me for the millionth time why I was too lazy to study for spelling tests, I snapped.” (page 17) Percy was too lazy to study for spelling tests because he is avoiding activities that require focus. Later, Percy called Mr. Nicoll an “old sot”. This is also a symptom of ADHD because Percy is blurting things out in class. According to the Newsela article, “They might be very focused when something interests them.” People with ADHD are distracted easily, but they can concentrate very well when something interests them. Percy likes Latin class because Mr. Brunner’s classes are always interesting and fun. Linking ‘boring’ activities with Latin can increase Percy’s interests. ADHD isn’t as bad as you think. Sometimes, it can actually benefit some people.
While Percy Jackson deals with ADHD, he is also finding more strong relationships on the way. Positive relationships can affect our health, and symptoms of ADHD can affect our study habits. When Percy struggles at Yancy Academy, Grover helps and supports him. This shows that schoolwork and friendship are an important part of everyone’s life and well-being.