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Pathological Demand Avoidance

Pathological demand avoidance syndrome (PDA) is a *condition in which individuals resist and avoid the ordinary demands of life, using skillful strategies which are socially manipulative (distracting adults, using excuses, appearing to become physically incapacitated).

Researchers have suggested that following defining criteria for diagnosis of pathological demand avoidance syndrome

  1. Passive early history in first year
  2. Continues to resist and avoid ordinary demands of life
  3. Surface sociability, but apparent lack of sense of social identity, pride, or shame
  4. Lability of mood, impulsive, led by need to control
  5. Comfortable in role play and pretending
  6. Language delay, seems result of passivity
  7. Obsessive behaviour
  8. Neurological involvement

*Please note: Pathological demand avoidance syndrome is not recognised as a condition by the majority of medical practitioners or diagnosticians and does not appear in any of the major diagnostic manuals. 

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