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The world of autism can be confusing, which is why the autism community doesn't need individuals fabricating false information. Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault, both doctors within the autism community, are basing their practices on a condition called Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder — one they claim results from the emotional stress from a relationship with an autistic individual.
While stress may be a reality for some, CADD isn't based on science or research. By promoting CADD without evidence, Attwood and Hénault demonstrate a lack of respect to the concerns of the autism community. The endorsement of CADD allows partners of autistic individuals to use their autism as a scapegoat against them.
Write to Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault asking them to either confirm CADD's existence through tested research or to stop promoting it once and for all.
Dear Dr. Tony Attwood and Dr. Isabelle Hénault,
As two distinguished professionals, it's irresponsible for you to promote a condition or disorder that doesn't have any base in science or research. Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder, you claim, is a condition in which individuals have sustained emotional trauma from a prolonged relationship with someone with autism. While it may be true that autism causes emotional stress, creating a disorder without scientific evidence is dangerous for the autism community.
CADD favors those who are affected by autism by branding them with an uncontrollable condition that is caused by someone with autism. This makes it very difficult for someone with autism to defend themselves in family law cases. They cannot help they have autism, and giving their partners a scapegoat isn't fair. Your actions are unjustly putting those with autism at a disadvantage.
CADD has never been proven or accepted by the medical community as a real disorder. Please stop promoting CADD until you have proven its validity with science and research.
As autism professionals, you should know better.