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The PDA paradox : the highs and lows of my life on a little-known part of the autism spectrum / Harry Thompson ; foreword by Felicity Evans.

By: Thompson, Harry.
Publisher: London : Philadelphia, PA : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019Description: 184 pages : 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781785926754.Subject(s): Thompson, Harry | PATHOLOGICAL DEMAND AVOIDANCE SYNDROME | AUTISM | AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Contents:
Preface. - 1. Gratitude? I think not! -2. So what the devil is this PDA malarkey anyway? - 3. Mother and the beast. - 4. 'School'. - 5. Pretending to be something I'm not in pursuit of green, rectangular pieces of paper. - 6. Coexisting with other living things on a blue and green speck of dust hurtling through space. - 7. Inhale and exhale. - A final note from the author's mother.
Summary: "Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humour at the ups and downs of family and romantic relationships, school, work and mental health, as well as his teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol. By embracing neurodiversity and emphasising that autistic people are not flawed human beings, Thompson demonstrates that some merely need to take the "scenic route" in order to flourish and reach their full potential. The memoir brings to life Harry's past experiences and feelings, from his torrid time at school to the peaceful and meaningful moments when he is alone with a book, writing or creating YouTube videos. Eloquent and insightful, The PDA Paradox will bring readers to shock, laughter and tears through its overwhelming honesty. It is a turbulent memoir, but it ends with hope and a positive outlook to the future." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE
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Preface. - 1. Gratitude? I think not! -2. So what the devil is this PDA malarkey anyway? - 3. Mother and the beast. - 4. 'School'. - 5. Pretending to be something I'm not in pursuit of green, rectangular pieces of paper. - 6. Coexisting with other living things on a blue and green speck of dust hurtling through space. - 7. Inhale and exhale. - A final note from the author's mother.

"Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humour at the ups and downs of family and romantic relationships, school, work and mental health, as well as his teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol. By embracing neurodiversity and emphasising that autistic people are not flawed human beings, Thompson demonstrates that some merely need to take the "scenic route" in order to flourish and reach their full potential. The memoir brings to life Harry's past experiences and feelings, from his torrid time at school to the peaceful and meaningful moments when he is alone with a book, writing or creating YouTube videos. Eloquent and insightful, The PDA Paradox will bring readers to shock, laughter and tears through its overwhelming honesty. It is a turbulent memoir, but it ends with hope and a positive outlook to the future." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE

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