Pathological Demand Avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance (PDA), or Newson’s Syndrome, is a subtype of autism characterized by an avoidance of the ordinary demands of life. It is identified as a syndrome through the clinical work of UK child psychologist Elizabeth Newson. Newson proposed it to be a specific pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) within the PDD “family” which is now loosely termed the autism spectrum.

PDA is not part of the current manual of mental disorders DSM-IV, or the World Health Organisation’s manual ICD-10, nor is it part of the proposed revision, DSM-5. Many clinicians are sceptical about the diagnosis and discuss whether this is a separate condition or whether the behaviours found in PDA can be explained as a form of other disorders, for instance, attachment disorder, personality disorder or a female form of autism. However PDA has gained a degree of recognition and acceptance from some clinicians as a diagnosis, sufficient that the National Autistic Society (a UK autism charity) produced a leaflet entitled ‘What is PDA?’ after recognising the disorder in 2008.”
Source: Wikipedia

Blogs by those with:

  • Me, Myself & PDA –
    ‘I’m an adult with a diagnosis of ADHD and also Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and psychotic episodes. Follow my random ramblings and help raise awareness. :)’
  • My tips and techniques blog –
    ‘Monique writes top tips blogs in order to help people like her achieve their full potential in life.’

Blogs by parents of:

  • Pathological Demand Avoidance an autism spectrum disorder –
    ‘A blog that explores the concept of PDA as well as offering a unique insight into the daily successes and failures of our family as we continue to try to understand and to live with this most complex of conditions.’
  • Steph’s Two Girls –
    ‘Stories of family life with my two girls aged 8 and 6; eldest is NT, youngest is diagnosed with Autism. We believe she has PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance).’
  • WhoCaresForMum –
    ‘New to blogging, mum of 3, one each with mental health, social anxiety and suspected PDA.’

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