108 [S9 E3] Told I couldn’t be autistic: BPD misdiagnosis, mental health negligence and finally getting justice
Topics in this episode: autism at work, BPD, employment, mental health, misdiagnosis, PMDD, reasonable adjustments

Naomi Ghafoor is a mental health activist who has spent over a decade battling the mental healthcare system and dealing with misdiagnoses, negligence and systemic abuse, which recently led to her suing her NHS mental health trust earlier this year.

Now 26, she works as a Lived Experience Leadership Officer for a mental health charity in London, UK and is passionate about sharing her experiences and using her voice to uplift and empower others. She was diagnosed autistic at 24.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Being misdiagnosed with BPD and told she couldn’t be autistic

➡ Finally getting her autism DX after several years of negative experiences in the mental health system

➡ The impact of intensive outpatient treatment for BPD and being unnecessarily medicated

➡ Suing her NHS Trust over her misdiagnosis and trying to prove their negligence

➡ Her experiences of employment, including with a mental health charity

CONTENT WARNING: one very brief mention of a death by suicide and one brief mention of suicidal ideation

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

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I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.

 

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