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    So my step-mum used to suffer depression, and my cousin has an eating disorder, I was wondering if this is something I should state in my personal statement as it has been what sparked my initial interest in psychology? Will admissions see it as a negative thing or understand that through this I have become invested in psychology?
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    (Original post by francesca99xx)
    So my step-mum used to suffer depression, and my cousin has an eating disorder, I was wondering if this is something I should state in my personal statement as it has been what sparked my initial interest in psychology? Will admissions see it as a negative thing or understand that through this I have become invested in psychology?
    It depends how you phrase it. If you can phrase it in a way that shows this sparked your interest, that's fine. But if you say it in a way that comes across as just wanting leniency for your sob story, that's not a good idea.
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    It depends how you phrase it. If you can phrase it in a way that shows this sparked your interest, that's fine. But if you say it in a way that comes across as just wanting leniency for your sob story, that's not a good idea.
    No i have literally stated how that initially interested me in the subject and made me want to continue studying it. I haven't gone into loads of details to avoid it sounding like a sob story?
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    (Original post by francesca99xx)
    So my step-mum used to suffer depression, and my cousin has an eating disorder, I was wondering if this is something I should state in my personal statement as it has been what sparked my initial interest in psychology? Will admissions see it as a negative thing or understand that through this I have become invested in psychology?
    I agree with the other poster, you could just generically phrase it like "witnessing manifestations of mental illness..."
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    Of course you can, and should, state that this sparked your interest. It's not a negative thing to state at all. You may have experiences and a level of understanding that other applicants may not have.
 
 
 
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