In Percy Jackson, the lightning thief, page 1-45, ADHD makes Percy’s school life difficult by dealing with grades. He also shows ADHD signs by not controlling his anger towards classmates and teachers. But however, it can be fixed by behavioral therapy and medicine sometimes.
Percy has ADHD Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, one of the ADHD symptoms is he blurting out things in class. This makes him difficult to control his emotions when people make him upset/disappointed. Percy blurts out things that he didn’t really mean to say. In the book, Percy was really focused when Mr. Brunner was having a lesson during the field trip about Greek mythology. But Nancy Bobofit was talking to her friends while Percy was really into the lesson and trying to listen. He just wants her to stop talking but it came out harsher than he meant to, “Will you shut up? It came out louder that I meant.” (Pg.5) This clearly shows that even though Percy does not want to be so mean to her, but people with ADHD cannot control their emotions very well when Percy said, “it came out louder that I meant.” Also, when Percy was studying inside his dorm room, he did not control his anger very well, “One evening before my final, I got so frustrated that I threw the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology across my dorm room.” (Pg.18) These quotes match exactly like a definition quote about ADHD in a Newsela article, “Hyperactivity means being overly active. These symptoms include fidgeting, difficulty playing quietly or waiting for a turn and blurting out the answers in class.” (Pg.1, paragraph 4). This tells us that because of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), it has impacted Percy’s school life a lot, not just with teachers, but also with classmates.
Because Percy has ADHD, this makes him find it difficult to have a positive attitude towards school. Percy often gets distracted by other things in school and does not get good grades like A, B, and even C. ADHD signs also shows the student’s grade is slipping, and not catching up. Percy’s grades slipped from Ds to Fs in the book, “I started feeling cranky and irritable most of the time. My grades slipped from Ds to Fs. I got into more fights with Nancy Bobofit and her friends. I was sent out into the hallway in almost every class.” (Pg.17) Percy really want to be a good kid and not get into trouble, but he just can’t control himself, “I hoped that one day I wouldn’t get in trouble.” (Pg.2) “What was great about me? A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with D+ report card, kicked out of school for sixth time in six years.” (Pg.38) As well as in the article, it states, “The symptoms include often losing items, not paying attention to details or making careless mistakes in school and not listening most of the time. Getting easily distracted and avoiding activities that requires focus are also symptoms.” (Pg.1, paragraph 3). despite the fact that Percy gets distracted by other things, or does not have a good grade, he still wants to get good grades, and focus on class. But because he has ADHD, it is harder for him to focus and control himself.
Even though ADHD makes things difficult for Percy in school, it can still be improved by behavioral therapy, which might help him to have better communication with teachers and friends by changing his attitude towards them, which is his behavior. According to the Newsela article, one of the paragraphs stated, “Another treatment is behavioral therapy. In the kind of therapy, children and teens practice new ways to react when they feel distracted or fidgety.” (pg. 2 in the article.) This may help Percy improve his behavior in school since he gets distracted easily, and often fidgets in class. Also, ADHD can sometimes be treated with medicine. It helps the child/teen to improve their behavior towards school. In the Newsela article, it says, “ADHD is sometimes treated with medicine. Certain medications adjust the amount s of different chemicals in the brain. This can help improve focus and behavior.” (Pg.2 in the article). This could help Percy’s actions in school like fidgeting, getting angry easily by classmates/teachers, “‘No, no,’ Mr. Brunner said. ‘Oh, confound it all. What I’m trying to say… you’re not normal, Percy. That’s nothing to be— ‘Thanks,’ I blurted. ‘Thanks a lot, sir, for reminding me.’ ‘Percy—’ But I was already gone.” (Pg.22) This shows that he gets angry very quickly, and really “disrespects” his teachers, and that might be the reason why he gets into fights with Nancy Bobofit and her friends.
From all the above, ADHD impacts Percy’s life in school, and Percy cannot control his emotions. But although that Percy fidgets in class, blurts out things that are harsh, gets easily distracted. These types of actions can be fixed and improved by behavioral therapy and medicine.