The PDA Paradox. The Highs and Lows of my Life on a Little-Known Part of the Autism Spectrum

Diagnosed with pathological demand avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humor 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 emphasizing 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
Audience: Adolescents/Teens