Beth is a mental health campaigner and blogger, as well as a Mind Media Volunteer and Time to Change Wales Champion.
Beth first started volunteering and telling her story as she struggled throughout her life with anxiety and depression. But it was after a breakdown in 2017 when she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a mood condition that affects how someone sees and feels about the world around them. When reading about the diagnosis, she wasn't too sure if it fitted her as a person. She continued to question it and was pushed aside because of the stigma surrounding BPD. Professionals thought I was being dramatic so wouldn't listen. Four years later in November 2020, she had a breakthrough. She was told by a psychiatrist that she had been misdiagnosed with BPD and was in fact autistic.
"I just remember breaking down into tears, the relief flowing from my eyes. Someone was finally listening and taking notice of what I was saying. The psychiatrist even commended me on being persistent and said 'Keep going, you're doing so well. You'll get there, I promise.' She couldn't diagnose me as autistic because she didn't have the knowledge to do it. So, I referred myself to the local autism service for an assessment. I'm currently on the NHS waiting list. However, I was told, for the time being, to self-diagnose as autistic. I'd never heard of self-diagnosis and didn't know I could do that. I'd done so much research into it that I started to identify myself in the traits."
Since then, Beth has been sharing her experiences of being a self-diagnosed autistic on Instagram through the art of reels videos.
"At first I was posting videos for fun but then one of my reels reached 30,000 people and I realised I wasn't the only one stuck in diagnosis limbo. In the last few weeks, I've had messages from many different people saying that they've felt reassured about self-diagnosing themselves until they can have formal autism assessments. Through my content, I want to help women especially feel less alone and that they have the power to question their diagnosis if it's not right. Having the wrong diagnosis can have a huge impact on your life and your mental health."
Beth is supporting Its Okay 2BE You because she believes in Aaron's mission and the mental health charities that he will be making donations to.
If you'd like to read more from Beth, her website
Webiste - www.justasquarepeg.com
Instagram - www.instagram.com/