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Understanding pathological demand avoidance

Tonight on Calendar we are speaking to the family of an 11-year-old girl from Sheffield who has been diagnosed with a rare form of autism called pathological demand avoidance.

The condition means she struggles to cope with demands.

They prompt rushes of anxiety that can lead to violent outbursts.

We spoke to Sally Russell from the PDA Society earlier today, she was asked whether better training for the NHS would be the key to stopping misdiagnosis of the condition.


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