ADHD is the main problem that is affecting Percy, whether it is his attitude towards school or managing his emotions, and yet these situations could be changed/improved. The effects of ADHD usually happen to be raging a lot (having a bad temper), bad at paying attention, blurting out things, while on the other hand there are a lot of ADHD symptoms appearing on Percy.
Because of ADHD, one of the main things that impacts Percy to have positive attitude towards school. There are many proves (quotes and explanation) that shows Percy’s attitude are appearing on the side of ADHD. Looking at the first quote: “But Mr. Brunner expected me to be as good as everybody else, despite the fact that I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and I had never made above a C- in my life.” It shows a symptom from ADHD, that is not paying attention to details and stressed on learning. Since Percy has dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADHD), it is hard to focus sometimes (making careless mistakes), which officially make a result for getting bad grades. The second and third quote are remarkably similar each other: “But Mr. Brunner, out Latin teacher, was leading this trip, so I had hopes.” (second). “He was he only teacher whose class didn’t put me to sleep”. (third), these 2 quotes are linked together by having the same meaning. Many people have a focused style of attention. They prefer to focus their attention on one thing at a time. While People with ADHD have something called a diffused attention instead. A person with diffused attention can pay attention to many things at a time, and it is not true that people with a diffused attentional style can never focus on one thing either. They might be extremely focused when something interests them. Finally, the last quote: “What was so great about me? A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time is six years.” looking at the word hyperactivity it could mean a lot. Hyperactivity is a symptom of ADHD; hyperactivity means overly active. Symptoms included in hyperactivity are fidgeting, difficulty play quietly or waiting for a turn and blurting out answers whether in class or outside.
Managing emotions are hard for normal people especially with people who has ADHD. Here are some quotes and explanation that shows Percy’s difficulty on managing his emotions. From this quote: “One evening before my final, I got so frustrated that I threw the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology across my dorm room.” Percy could not keep in his frustration anymore and exploded physically, letting out his anger. He does not know how to self-control and calm himself down. Experts suggests that many people with ADHD have trouble with emotional regulation, experiencing symptoms such as low frustration tolerance, impulsivity, temper outbursts, and significant mood fluctuations. People with ADHD usually cannot control their body when their enraged, when people rages/gets angry they just automatically (does not think before they speak/say whatever comes up in their mind. And this quote: “’Will you shut up!?!?!?!’ — it came out louder that I meant.” Shows that Percy is just shouting out random things (saying things that he wanted to). That just blurts out of his mouth. “I slammed the door to my room, which really wasn’t my room ” Mix impulsivity with anger, and you often get an explosion. While other people might quietly fume, people with ADHD might slam a door or kick a furniture. They have a tough time having their intense feelings. Slamming the door was the reaction to his emotions of anger. Percy cannot bottle up or control his emotions very well. So instead of calming down he decided to express his emotions by slamming the door. Which reflects on his management of his emotion(anger). Blurting out words can sometimes be very disrespectful and rude. One example quote is: “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. I called him an old sot. I wasn’t even sure what it meant, but it sounded good.” research suggests that people with ADHD usually burst out responses (burst out own opinions, without listening) and often interrupting others in a rude way of speaking also not noticing/caring about how others feel. Percy just cannot control his temper well and burst out his true feeling, making himself rude to the teacher.
These problems could also be changed/improved if Percy is hoping to change (want to be better), sometimes it depends on his self-management (control himself). Here are some quotes that shows Percy is trying to control himself. “I hoped for once I wouldn’t get in trouble” Percy is trying to improve his attitude towards school (trying not to get in trouble). He can’t control his attitude, but he hoped that he could be better. Another quote is: “I tried to stay cool, the school counselor had told me a million times ‘count to ten and stay calm’”. Percy is trying to calm himself down by counting to 10, and which is part of practice self-soothing techniques.
From all above, Percy has many problems that impact with his attitude towards school and managing emotions, both of his problems could however be improved, all those negative things about Percy can be changed/improved into positive.