About this Square Peg
Hi, my name’s Beth and I’m living between BPD and Autism.
Yep, that’s right. 100% a square peg in a round hole that doesn’t really fit, including a mental health diagnosis.
As well as being a champion for weirdness, I am a mental health blogger and campaigner. I’m a Time To Change Wales Champion and Mind Media Volunteer, as well as s published writer in The Independent, the Metro, BBC. I’ve also talked my way onto the Square Peg Community podcast, House21 podcast, and Mental Health Mondays podcast.
I’ve always felt like I don’t fit the mold and I could never work out why. If you’ve always struggled with this, I know how you feel. And I’m right here with you.
In 2017, I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and felt relieved that I knew what was ‘wrong’ with me. The unstable emotions, the love-hate feelings that would come like a tidal wave and sweep me away, were suddenly explained.
Buuut, life’s never that straightforward…
So, fast forward four years and a GP, counsellor and psychiatrist all say I’ve been MISDIAGNOSED.
They say I’m actually autistic and that the BPD diagnosis was WRONG.
(See, told you life wasn’t straightforward…)
This blog started because I wanted to share the good, the bad and the funny about living with BPD. However, thanks to currently living in diagnosis limbo, I am now sharing my journey to an autism diagnosis. Misdiagnosis of BPD instead of autism in women is quite common and for every three males recognised as being autistic, only one female is diagnosed.
The awareness of female autism is on the rise thanks to so many inspirational women sharing their stories. I don’t count myself as inspirational but I am extremely persistent and will keep sharing my experiences in the hope of inspiring other women to question their diagnosis, if they feel it’s not right.
If you’re female, been misdiagnosed and want to share your story with me, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me here.