“Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life” by Allen Frances is a worthwhile book to read if you are dealing with professionals.Frances fills a much needed gap between the unquestioning acceptance of diagnostic checklists and the anti-psychiatry conspiracy theorists.
For those of us who lament that if you have an open wound with blood dripping out of it, a doctor will know exactly what to do but anything more subtle can leave them much less certain, he reminds us how inexact a science psychiatry is – mainly because people are such complex creatures.
Although not just about autism, it is highly relevant to the move to place Asperger Syndrome back within Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It’s a fairly easy read and a bit meandering but it should help generate much needed debate within the field.
You can also see some of his articles on http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/saving-normal