Percy Jackson in the book <Percy Jackson and the Olympians – The Lightning Thief>himself and his choices and actions are impacted through many aspects. ADHD affecting him is shown through his actions, choices, actions, etc. Positive relationships affect him when Percy shows unstable emotions. But despite being impacted in many ways, and this can be improved by helping him to be in environments that he is comfortable in, while also guiding him to do things that will make him feel better and help strengthen his choices and actions.
From the book, Percy’s behavior and choices are impacted by the fact that he has ADHD through his actions and academic grades. This can also be improved by doing things according to his interests, while maybe putting him in an environment that will benefit him. On pg2, Percy introduced in the book: “I sort of hit the wrong lever on the catwalk and our class took an unexpected swim.” This shows that he gets bored on the field trip, starting to fidget with things, accidentally hitting the lever. Linking back to the Newsela article, it shows that a symptom of ADHD can be fidgeting. A quote from the article, “Hyperactivity means being overly active. These symptoms include fidgeting.” shows that ADHD causes people to fidget, proving that Percy’s actions are affected by ADHD. If he didn’t have ADHD, he probably wouldn’t get bored and fidget, and he maybe would avoid hitting the lever after all. Another example is when Percy says: “My grades slipped from Ds to Fs.”. This proves that with the effect of getting easily distracted in class and hard to focus, decreasing his interest in learning, while also being hard for him to take in information like others. This also causes his grades to slip down like said in the quote on pg17. From the Newsela article, it says that “For some students, it is a challenge for them to pay attention in school.”, connecting to Percy having the challenge in learning too, causing grades not as good as others. Reconnecting to how Percy’s behavior could be improved, a quote from the article, “They might be very focused when something interests them”. This shows why Percy dislikes most of his classes, while on the other hand likes Mr. Brunner’s Greek Mythology classes in particular. Maybe letting Percy to focus on Mr. Brunner’s classes will help increase his interest in school classes. “People with ADHD also do their best in stimulating environments. They like to be outdoors and move their bodies.” is another quote from the article, showing that maybe setting Percy in an environment like outdoor or someplace he likes will better suit him and help him as a learner. It may also benefit Percy more on his grades and behavior in an environment he is comfortable in. Percy’s behavior could benefit him maybe putting him in an environment that he is comfortable in, and maybe work on subjects that he’s interested in, though his grades and actions are being affected by ADHD.
Not only ADHD might affect Percy, but his positive relationships may also be a major part of it, while also benefiting him. Many parts of the book contribute to this, including a quote from page 32-33 “My mother can make me feel good just by walking into the room.” This shows that maybe Percy may be in a bad mood, but his mom walking into the room can comfort him and calm his feelings a lot more, which emotionally can be a cause of his actions and choices affecting his community. Connecting to a quote from the Newsela article: “Even small gestures can make a difference.” Proving that Percy’s mom’s small gesture, walking into the room, makes a big difference inside Percy, making him feel much better. Continuing on that thought, another quote from the book on page 17 “I was homesick. I wanted to be with mom in our little apartment on the upper east side.” explains why maybe sometimes Percy feels a little “down”, linking to another quote from the Newsela article “Also, feelings of sadness and disappointment may arise if dear friends live far away.” This shows that because Percy’s mom lives far from his camp/school, he feels sad and wanted to be home. Though his mom is not a friend of him but rather a family member, she is still one of Percy’s closest positive relationships, which relates back to the quote saying how you may feel sad when dear friends live away. Percy struggles in various aspects of the way he acts impacted by his positive relationships, and there are also many ways it can benefit him. A quote from the Newsela article “Tell your friend how much they’re missed, or, if a certain holiday song or movie reminds you of them, mention that too.” This can help Percy by having him to send a letter to mom, telling her that he misses her, which might make Percy feel better. It may not only make Percy feel better and make better choices but may also help his mom in certain ways. A person’s emotions and feelings that particular moment affects a lot on the way he/she acts, the same with Percy. Additionally, he can be improved on his choices and actions by guiding him to work towards things that will benefit Percy himself more rather than care about others.
From all of the above, it can be told that Percy gets impacted by his ADHD through his actions and academic grades. This can be improved by providing Percy a learning space/class that he has an interest in. Another cause is because of the positive relationships around him, showed by his unstable emotions. This can be improved by advising him to feel to do things that will help him feel more comfortable.