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Introduction. 1: Demand Avoidance. 2: What sort of things are we driven to avoid?. 3: Anxiety and PDA. 4: PDA and Masking. 5: Intolerance of Uncertainty. 6: Control. 7: Meltdowns. 8: Overload. 9: PDA and People. 10: Hierarchy and Rules. 11: Fantasy and Role Play. 12: Wordplay. 13: Impulsiveness. 14: Routine. 15: School. 16: Work. 17: Coping Strategies. 18: Reasonable Accommodations. 19: Parenting. 20: Our Achievements

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Adults with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) share their collective wisdom to support and empower others living with PDA

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Sally Cat is an adult with PDA. She has compiled the book from discussions between 70+ people from around the world that have taken place within the Facebook Adult PDA Support Network.


With good humour and banter, this book demonstrates "the positive power of self-awareness" and understanding. Everyone should read it to appreciate what life is like for PDAers. Skilful Sally Cat enables PDAers to realise that other people feel the same. Shared experiences and coping strategies open the door to the realisation that they are not alone and feeling "different is ok". -- Anne Waterhouse, lifelong educationalist, self-identified as relating to PDA in her 70s after reading Sally Cat's memes
Unlike usual factual guides, this book brings a 'human touch' with moving tales, experiences and support from Sally Cat and her fellow PDAers. Alongside this are easy to follow and simple to understand graphs, memes and insights into the world of PDA. A wonderfully relatable book, full of humour and hope. -- Victoria Power, mother of two special needs children, self-diagnosed with PDA
I think this is a great resource for understanding adult PDA. The NAS's website is all good, but it's only relevant to children. This book lifts the curtain. There are nuances to this condition! It itself is a spectrum I think. The parts of this book I've read have helped me to better understand some of my past behaviours. It was like looking in a mirror! -- Josh Bremner, 23-year-old sound engineering student exploring PDA through the Facebook Adult DA Support Network

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