In chapters 1-3 of Percy Jackson and the lighting thief, Percy’s attitude towards school and emotions, are impacting his choices, but there are ways he could improve it. More than 6 million people under the age of 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ADHD is one of reasons that Percy’s choices sometimes are not the best, he has trouble paying attention in class and fidgets. There are ways to improve his attitude, by being in a stimulating environment and being outdoors, moving their bodies.
ADHD impacts Percy’s choices, his attitude towards school and emotions. The symptoms include, like it states in Neurodiversity: a different view of ADHD “making careless mistakes in school and not listening most of the time. Getting easily distracted and avoiding activities that require focus. These symptoms also include fidgeting, difficulty playing quietly and blurting out answers in class” Percy’s grades slipped lower according to the book Percy Jackson, “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. P17” This shows Percy was not paying attention in class and getting distracted, and having trouble controlling his emotions, which due to his ADHD he could not focus on the classes. Whereas, In page 2 of the book there is a scenario where Percy goes on a field trip, he says “bad things happen to me on field trips, like at my fifth grade school, when we went to the Saratoga battlefield, I had an accident with a revolutionary war cannon, and I was not aiming for the school bus.” This means he was fidgeting and couldn’t stay still, he was hyperactive, which is one of the symptoms of ADHD. He says thing he doesn’t really mean and blurts out answers in class like it states in the article, Neurodiversity: a different view of ADHD. It is one of the symptoms of ADHD. On a field trip Percy says to Nancy “will you shut up?” it came out louder than I expected” he blurts out things that are loud and sometimes rude, also in the book, Percy also said “because you don’t want me around?” I regretted the words as soon as they came out” he is impulsive and doesn’t think about the consequences. His attitude towards school are impacted by his ADHD and emotions.
Percy could improve his attitude towards school and his emotions by being in a stimulating environment, like the advice from the Neurodiversity: a different view of ADHD “People with ADHD do their best in stimulating environments, they like to be outdoors and move their bodies.” It says in the article “that maybe the problem isn’t with the brain, it’s how we view it” Percy usually gets shot down by his teachers, on page17 “Mr. Nicoll asked me for the millionth time why I was too lazy to study for the spelling tests.” His teachers don’t encourage him to do better, instead they tell him he is bad at it and too lazy to try. In Neurodiversity: a different view of ADHD it states “People with ADHD respond well to change and being asked for new ideas” Percy’s teachers could ask him for ideas to interest him and include him in their classes. When Percy’s teacher asked him why he was too lazy to study for the spelling tests, Percy snapped at him “I snapped at him and called him an old sot” he couldn’t control his temper and thought it wasn’t fair. However, Percy also thinks about it occasionally, “I tried to say cool, my counselor told a million times to count to ten and breath” he thought about how he could keep calm, which shows he tried, but not successfully. “Spend time outside, being in the fresh air and around nature is very helpful for calming the emotions” “Be positive also helps and not see all the negative things,” these are all ways that could help him improve his behavior and help his ADHD.
ADHD, impacts Percy’s emotions, attitude towards school and mostly his choices. According to the article neurodiversity: a different view of ADHD, “ADHD should not be treated, but respected and understood” there are many ways to help Percy improve his behavior and attitude towards school.