Pathological Demand Avoidance

Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance: Unraveling Co-Occurring Disorders

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Autism and Pathological Demand Avoidance are often co-occurring diagnoses. An Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that affects communication, socialization, and behavior. It is characterized by a range of symptoms, which can manifest differently in each individual. Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is a term used to describe a pervasive developmental disorder…
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Managing Pathological Demand Avoidance Symptoms with the PANDA Approach and Gradual Demand Integration

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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a behavior profile characterized by an individual’s extreme avoidance of ordinary demands. It is often diagnosed on a co-occurring basis with an autism diagnosis and is often associated with anxiety and defiant behaviors. While Pathological Demand Avoidance is not yet recognized as a standalone diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical…
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