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Pathological Demand Avoidance Day

It is Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) day.

Research is limited in relation to PDA, but for further information, see the following links:

PDA is seen to be part of a profile of autism, although varying research will say that it can be a stand-alone neuro-difference.

PDA involves the avoidance of everyday demands and tasks, and the use of social strategies by the person to avoid those tasks or demands. It could include personal hygiene such as showering or brushing your teeth, or attending certain social settings, meetings, events or travel. There are many overlapping elements of autism and a PDA profile.

Features of a PDA profile could include:

· resists and avoids the ordinary demands of life.

· uses social strategies as part of avoidance, for example, distracting, giving excuses.

· appears sociable, but lacks some understanding.

· experiences excessive mood swings and impulsivity.

· appears comfortable in role play and pretence.

· Displays obsessive behaviour that can be focussed around other people.

· Can appear excessively controlling and dominating, especially when anxious.

· Can appear confident and engaging when in control.

Extreme Demand Avoidance is an alternative term used for PDA.

I am currently reading, researching and writing further about PDA, so please look out for further articles on this area of neuro-difference to be uploaded in the near future!

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