Demand avoidant autistics and PDA-ers (pathological demand avoidant), will, amongst many other variations, have one key feature, that is the need to avoid anything in day-to-day life that means we lose control of what is happening. This isn’t wilful, it is the result of anxiety and trauma that means that autistic people with a PDA profile cannot face anything which runs the risk of the unexpected. This isn’t restricted to tasks that we dread doing, it also includes activities that we would ordinarily find enjoyable.

PDA and demand avoidance, without the word ‘pathological’ do, apparently, differ to each other. For a start, PDA is a clinical diagnosis – in the same way that ASD is the clinical diagnosis for autism.

There are also many different ways that demand avoidance can be expressed. It’s complex and I’m low on spoons while I’m writing this entry, so here is a link to the PDA Society’s information on demand avoidance which has a really useful visual representation of it too.

[Side note: It is not without irony that this is the first entry that I’ve written that I’ve reasoned that I haven’t got the energy to write more. It is 11.45pm, so that’s definitely true, but I suspect it’s also true that I’m being demand avoidant!]