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A memoir by an adult with PDA, reflecting back on his early childhood through to present day.

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 listeners 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.

©2019 Harry Thompson (P)2019 Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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Enlightenment in the Journey to Understand PDA

Amazingly frank and heartwarming. A complete window into " the matrix" of the PDA mind, life and behaviour. The complete idiots guide to understanding the unmanageable....Thanks for sharing your multiverse Harry 😉

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Enlightening, helpful, enjoyable.

I enjoyed listening to this book while walking.
It is helpful, enlightening and a little funny in places.

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An amazing story!

Emotional, sad and at times made me giggle. This was so easy to listen to and gave a great insight into the life that many have had and many are just beginning.
Well done Harry. 👍