asperger's syndrome

aspergers syndrome

It is called beyond Cassandra as the role of Cassandra with Apollo is likened to how it is for the partner of someone who lives with someone with Asperger's.

In Greek mythology Cassandra was a mortal who became the focus of the God Apollo romantic intentions. In an effort to win the love of the beautiful Cassandra, he gave her the gift of foresight. However when Cassandra rejected Apollo's romantic intentions, he cursed her by making it so that no one would ever believe the things she told them. This feeling of not being believed is typical of how many NT's feel when living with a person with undiagnosed Aspergers Syndrome. In 2003 at a conference for Families of Adults Affected by Aspergers Syndrome(FAAAS) this phenomenon was was first made public but it is controversial. The description went to Cassandra Affective disorder and finally Cassandra affective deprivation disorder.

From Aston M (2008) The Asperger Couple's Workbook pg121 Jessica Kingsley Publishers