Being Julia

A Personal Account of Living with Pathological Demand Avoidance

Being Julia
Ruth Fidler, Judy Eaton, Julia Daunt
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Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) at aged 12 and writing this memoir at age 37, Julia Daunt depicts the ins and out of PDA and its symptoms, while maintaining a positive outlook on what is possible to achieve. Co-written with professional specialist Ruth Fidler, it covers how PDA impacts Julia' s life, including meltdowns, sensory issues and communication in relationships. Including examples of school reports and handwritten letters, a chapter written from Julia' s partner' s perspective and even an example of Julia' s favourite recipe, this warm and personal look at living and thriving with PDA is informative and inspiring.
This is a unique personal insight into PDA, following Julia and her family from early childhood to present day adulthood and relationship with her partner Paul. Julia is honest about the challenges throughout, with the benefits of a positive approach and acceptance shining through. PDA individuals, family members and professionals will all benefit from reading this book. -- The PDA Society trustees Being Julia is a hugely insightful and eye-opening account of living with PDA. Honest, from the heart and with humour, this book is very informative and will give hope to parents who are wondering what happens when their children become adults. Being Julia is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand more about PDA. -- Steph Curtis, parent of a PDA girl and blog writer at www. stephstwogirls. co. uk
Ruth Fidler is an independent Education Consultant specialising in complex autism and emotional wellbeing. She worked in a special school setting for over 20 years and now works across the UK providing training and consultancy. She has worked with the Autism Education Trust, the National Autistic Society and is part of Autism Associates. She lives in Nottinghamshire, UK. Julia Daunt is an adult living with a diagnosis of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), ADHD and psychotic episodes. She is a PDA advocate, public speaker and blogger, and runs several Facebook groups on PDA. She lives in Nottinghamshire with her partner Paul and two cats.