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Differences between PDA and ODD

PDA Guidance

Why Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is not the same as, or another way of, describing Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

PDA is not currently thought of, by the experts in this field in the UK, to be another name for ODD or to be another name to give to an individual who may actually have ASC and co morbid ODD.  A child with PDA will have a unique profile that may not be accurately described or indeed helped by the mix and match of these two labels.

The PDA Society explain the differences between these two conditions on p.g. 14 of their Clinician’s Booklet.

Quote by Phil Christie 2015

“It is inevitably the case that when conditions are defined by what are essentially lists of behavioural features there will be interconnections and overlaps. Aspects of both of these conditions can present in a similar way to those features that make…

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