Pathological Demand Avoidance

Changing The name PDA

I had been meaning to write a full article regarding my thoughts on the name for my neurotype “Pathological Demand Avoidance” for a while and then another PDAer, and a friend of mine now, wrote one and so I chose not to. Sally Cat’s article is excellent, raising many different voices, including my own and crediting me appropriately. You can read it here. Why change it? There are a few issues here. Some people object… Read More »Changing The name PDA

Pathological avoidance is distinct from autistic avoidance

So many professionals, “experts” other autistics and even people in the PDA community do not understand this distinction and it is important. There is a term “autistic demand avoidance” and many people believe PDA is just that. It is Not. So you can see how people think it is the same when PDA is described often as “someone who avoids the demands of everyday life”. Equally, when any autistic person is in a constantly high… Read More »Pathological avoidance is distinct from autistic avoidance

Hosting Harry and Jodie….. wow!

Saturday 13th July – Winchester Guildhall 6:00-9:30pm – Harry thompson and Jodie Isitt Book now oh.. and me. Yay. here is the description: An evening of insight into the Pathological Demand Avoidance neurotype featuring Harry Thompson, Jodie Isitt and Emily Fackrell. Emily Wilding Fackrell of CalmFamily, hosts an evening with Harry Thompson and Jodie Isitt at the Winchester Guildhall. This awesome opportunity to hear talks and be involved in conversations on the topic of Pathological… Read More »Hosting Harry and Jodie….. wow!

The difference between ODD and PDA

One of the questions I hear often is, “what is the difference between Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)”. This question often comes from parents who are trying to figure out what is happening for their child when they are seeing them struggle to an extreme degree.¬†These parents are struggling to cope and to understand and are desperately researching oppositional or defiant behaviour, or they have reached out for support and a… Read More »The difference between ODD and PDA

Describing Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

AS AN ADULT, NEWLY IDENTIFIED AS PDA, WITH PROBABLY AT LEAST TWO PDA CHILDREN. Firstly, this is the first thing I have written on PDA and it will not be the last. Myself and my son are currently being assessed in regards to PDA and I am as certain as I can be of the outcome. One of my daughters also certainly shows traits of this. The below description of PDA is my own personal… Read More »Describing Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)