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A list of pathological PDA characteristics.


We are currently creating posts (in no particular order) sharing our understanding of these Pathologised PDA characteristics –


Those things we do to prevent or protect us from 'TOO MUCH' information and interference or love to do such as mimic and take on others characters.


We love a good performance! Ha!


From our personal lived experience as PDA'ers, how it is for us – from the inside out rather than the outside in.



PDA CHARACTERISTICS according to professionals:


"Obsessively resists and avoids ordinary demands


Lack of cooperation


Has difficulty complying unless carefully presented


Is driven by the need to be in control


Using age peers as mechanical aids, bossy and domineering


Tells other children how to behave


Finds everyday pressures intolerable




Mimics adult mannerisms and styles


Repetitive acting out roles


Shows little shame or embarrassment


Behaviour in public places


Embarrassing remarks in public 


Good at getting around others

 (Apparently manipulative behaviour)


Unaware of differences between self and authority figures 

(Awareness of own identity)


Attempts to negotiate better terms with adults


If pressurised to do things, may have a ‘meltdown’


Temper Tantrum


Mood changes rapidly


Changeable mood


Knows what to do or say to upset specific people 


(Difficulties with other people)


Blames or targets a particular person 


Harassment of others


Blaming of others


Denies behaviour, even when caught red-handed


Fantasising, lying, cheating, stealing


Outrageous behaviour to get out of doing something


Socially Shocking Behaviour


Extreme emotional responses to small events


Inappropriate sociability (rapid, inexplicable changes from loving to aggression)


Social interaction has to be on his/her own terms


One-sided social approaches"


"Novelty, humour and flexility" (we respond well to)


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August 15, 2019

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