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Mental Health in Personal Statement.

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Why bother with a post grad course - waste of time? 17-10-2016
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    Hello all, if there is another thread for this I do apologies.
    I'm currently in the process of writing my personal statement for GEM applications.
    But I'm wondering how much, if at all,to draw on my own health.
    I have Bi-Polar and Complex PTSD from an abusive relationship, which is why I never pursued medicine after I finished high school and went down an art route instead (he was a musician, it all started off very glamorous)
    I don't want to draw on it too much because I don't want it to seem like I am trying to gain a sympathy vote, but I know that dealing with my own mental health has prepared me for a career in medicine.
    I know its going to be a find balance, but any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    You're definitely right. I would suggest if you do mention it, do just a brief part about it and try and focus on how it's prepared you. Your referee can always discuss the issues
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