Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a behavioural characteristic that can be seen in children, young people, or adults. People with a PDA profile avoid everyday demands and expectations. This demand avoidance can come with high levels of anxiety.
There is some disagreement on whether it should be an official diagnosis. But many NHS trusts and children’s services are starting to acknowledge PDA more. Either way, the behaviours that come with PDA can have a very real impact on a child or young person’s life.
Children and young people with PDA may:
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