The Impact of ADHD on Percy’s attitude towards school, and his personal relationships:
With numerous articles stating the impacts of ADHD, and Percy’s behavior, it can be concluded that ADHD widely affects Percy. These are two important parts of Percy that ADHD has impacted, firstly, ADHD impacts Percy’s attitude towards learning. Secondly, ADHD affects Percy’s ability to maintain positive relationships.
That studying is hard would be an understatement for Percy. ADHD impacts the choices and decisions Percy makes, such as not being able to manage his body, when he is hyperactive, or not focusing on when learning something he is not passionate about. His status could be improved by finding different ways to react when he feels fidgety, or energetic. We can see this on page twenty-two where Percy responds “Thanks” I blurted, and on-page thirty-three when he says, “Because you don’t want me around?” I regretted those words as soon as they were out”. This act of sudden blurting can be linked to the article Neurodiversity: A different view of ADHD when the author states, “Symptoms of ADHD include fidgeting and blurting in class” From this article, we can link and correlate the evidence from the article to Percy’s ADHD when he is feeling energetic This situation can be resolved by surrounding Percy in a simulated environment or finding different ways to react to his energy. Not being able to cope with ADHD may be highly stressful for Percy, as Percy can create negative responses to studying when proposed with an uninteresting topic. ADHD also impacts Percy’s study habits, which can widely affect his relationships. This may create a lessened motive ˚for him to study. We can also see his motive to not study on page eighteen, where he says, “One evening before my final, I got so frustrated that I threw the Cambridge guide to Greek Mythology across my dorm” This proves that under special circumstances, ADHD impacts the decisions Percy makes, such as managing his emotions, and his attitude towards school.
Positive relationships may be the one vital component needed for Percy to maintain his health and wellbeing. ADHD also impacts Percy’s ability to maintain positive relationships. One of Percy’s most positive relationships is with Mr. Brunner, his Latin teacher. We can see his affection for Mr. Brunner when he states that “Mr. Brunner, our Latin teacher was leading this trip, so I had high hopes” This shows that although Percy acknowledges his errors in past field trips, they can still be uplifted by Mr. Brunner. Another time when Percy’s positive relationship with Mr. Brunner was displayed, and contrasted was on page seventeen when he recalls “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” this quote showed a visible comparison between two positive relationships. This proved that Percy could maintain a positive relationship with Mr. Brunner but was not able to maintain positive relationships with others. Although at times Percy can maintain positive relationships, sometimes there are disputes between them. Such examples are shown on page twenty-two, where a damaging conversation can be shown between Percy and Mr. Brunner, “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-” where he is cut off by Percy. Another relation threatening example is on page thirty-nine when an unsettling discussion between Sally Jackson and Percy is arousing. Although these conversations may seem damaging, the article “Having good friends can improve our well-being, especially during the holidays” Stated that appreciating differences may improve positive relationships. By having Mr. Brunner, Percy, and his relationships appreciated in differences, Percy can maintain positive relationships. In conclusion, this proves that ADHD can widely affect Percy’s ability to sustain positive relationships.
In conclusion, we can conduct from a variety of research and quotes on ADHD and Percy, that ADHD impacts Percy’s decision making in terms of his attitude towards school, and his sustainable personal relationships. If Percy can improve his attitude towards school, this will benefit Percy’s relationships, and will furthermore enhance his ability to work as a model citizen.