Autism Awareness Month, 2019: The Dopamine of Pathological Demand Avoidance

Calico Jack – Autism, Dopamine, Presidential candidates and gamblers

The Psy of Life

This CNN article, What Biology Tells Us About Presidential Ambition, really struck a nerve: (a) it is about a favorite subject, biopsychology, (b) it is about politics, (c) it is about presidential electoral politics, and (d) April is National Autism Awareness Month. So, win-win-win-win, right?

Every year since the blogs inception, I’ve written about autism in April mostly because my daughter and I both are autistic, albeit high functioning but autistic nonetheless. My sister, one of my nieces, and my mother are all autistic, too. They just don’t know it or won’t accept it. So, it is all very personal to me.

Pathological Demand Avoidance

My daughter and I both have a special type of autism, too, known as Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). While PDA isn’t an official diagnosis, it is becoming more widely accepted and will eventually be included in the DSM. I believe, although I…

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