BBC Radio 4 - All in the Mind

Pathological Demand Avoidance, Is wisdom a trait or a state, Anxiety-free comedy gigs

Claudia Hammond's guest is Mathijs Lucassen - lecturer in mental health at the Open University.


Pathological Demand Avoidance is a developmental condition where children resist the demands of everyday life, and they can have extreme reactions if they feel they are being made to do anything. Although they might seem sociable, these children can end up ruling their families and even refuse to go to school for months at a time. The professionals who use this diagnosis consider it to be part of the autism spectrum. But is it a discrete condition? Claudia Hammond hears from Liz O'Nions at the University of Louven about its history and new research into teasing out PDA's traits.

Programa en la radio británica hablando sobre PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance). Todo un avance.