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PDA by PDAers

PDA by PDAers

From Anxiety to Avoidance and Masking to Meltdowns

Sally Cat

Quick Overview

This book is a collection of genuine insights and experiences from people living with PDA, adapted from their interactions on a popular online support group. It includes frank discussions of topics relevant to PDA, including work, relationships and managing meltdowns, making it a vital resource for both individuals and professionals.
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Paperback / softback
2018, 8.98in x 5.98in / 228mm x 152mm, 360pp
ISBN: 9781785925368
2018, ePUB, 352pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-934-7
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"To think of PDA as merely involving demand avoidance is to me akin to thinking of tigers as merely having stripes."

This book is a unique window into adult Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), exploring the diversity of distinct PDA traits through the voices of over 70 people living with and affected by the condition.

Sally Cat, an adult with PDA, has successfully captured the essence of a popular online support group in book form, making the valuable insights available to a wider audience, and creating a much-needed resource for individuals and professionals. Candid discussions cover issues ranging from overload and meltdowns, to work, relationships and parenting. This is a fascinating and sometimes very moving read.


'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


By (author): Sally Cat