Percy Jackson has ADHD, and due to this, his symptoms of ADHD alter his behavior to school and the choices that he makes. There are multiple examples of this which are shown in the book. However, there are ways for Percy to be able to control his attitude and choices like being in a stimulating environment and focusing more on things that entrest him.
Percy’s frustration and anger directed to school have all have been rooted in his resentment toward ADHD and dyslexia. Due to ADHD and dyslexia, Percy has given up on trying for school because of his disabilities. A clear example of this is on page 17 of Percy Jackson and the lightning thief, “Finally when our English teacher Mr. Nicoll asked me for the millionth time why I was too lazy to study for the spelling tests, I snapped. I called him an old sot.” This demonstrates Percy’s frustration with how he isn’t learning at school, however, Percy’s inability to focus on his study is a symptom of ADHD. According to the article Neurodiversity: A different view of ADHD, “The symptoms include often losing items, not paying attention to details or making careless mistakes in school and not listening most of the time.” However, Percy’s attitude to school is not the only thing that ADHD is having an impact on. Percy’s school studies and grades are also being affected by ADHD which is shown once again in the book Percy Jackosn on page 17, “My grades slipped from Ds to Fs.” Ounce moreover, this is ADHD interfering with Percy’s grades because this is just another symptom of ADHD. In the article again, “Avoiding activities that require focus are also symptoms.” Overall, this represents that ADHD has a huge influence on both Percy’s attitude to school, and Percys studies itself. However, the center of both Percy’s problems is his irritation at how he can’t tolerate many of his subjects for being boring, and complex. This problem could all be solved if he took more subjects that interested him, or if his subjects connected to things that interest him. This statement is backed up with evidence from the article again, when it says, “They might be very focused when something interests them.” This could help Percy exceptionally so that Percy would focus more on his work. This indeed appears from the book, “so he was the only teacher that didn’t put me to sleep.” in closing, to help Percy’s frustration with the inability to focus, Percy could take more classes that interest him, or have is classes connect with something that interests him to not only improve his attitude to school but his school grades in general.
Percy’s attitude to school however is not the only thing how Percy is being affected by ADHD. Percy’s day to day choices also is being impacted by ADHD. This is shown in the form of another symptom of ADHD, fidgeting. On page 2 in Percy Jackson the book, “ I sort of hit the wrong lever on the catwalk, and our class took an unplanned swim.” This choice was affected by ADHD and fidgeting. In the article once more, “These symptoms also include fidgeting, difficulty playing quietly or waiting for a turn and blurting out answers I class.” But this isn’t the only symptom of ADHD that is affecting Percy, the other being how he often acts before thinking like blurting. On page 5 of Percy Jackson, Percy blurts out “will you shut up?” during a trip. That’s also another symptom of ADHD. According to the article, “and blurting out answers in class.” Overall All these features of ADHD have a big impact on Percy’s decisions, But Percy could prevent these symptoms from happening too often with an easy solution, going outside to play sports or taking a break. As stated in the article, “People with ADHD also do their best in a stimulating environment. They like to be outdoors and move their bodies.” This is shown in Percy Jackson the book again in the form of Mr.Brunner, “I mean, sure, it was kind of cool on tournament days, when he dressed up in a suit of Roman armor and shouted, ‘What ho!’ and challenged us sword-point against chalk to the board and name ever greek and roman person who had ever lived,” So Percy shouldn’t let ADHD take control of his choices and use these simple tricks to help him control himself more.
In conclusion, with ADHD, Percy would have trouble with both maintaining his attitude towards school and his choices. But by being in a stimulating environment and focusing on things that entrest him, Percy Jackson should be able to not let symptoms of ADHD affect him.