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Should I mention my depression and anxiety in my personal statement?

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    I mean, I want to study psychology at university, and I've already talked a little bit about what interests me in relation to the subject, why I want to study, that there are few mental health issues in my family, but also that I'm quite interested in social psychology, not just mental health aspects of the subject - as it is far broader than that.

    However, I've been out of education for several years, and I've never held a job because of my ongoing conditions, so I ideally need to include something about what I've done. I don't want to turn it into a pity party, but I need people to understand that I've been getting my life on track over the last year to eighteen months, and even though I've done little in the eight years since I finished my GCSEs, it doesn't mean that I've achieved or experienced nothing.

    I was diagnosed with severe social phobia four years ago and diagnosed with depression earlier this year after a particular rough episode, and feel like I want to include some of my experiences with clinical psychologists, because I want people to know that I've seen psychology do wonderful things as a patient, and I want to study further so that I can help people like I've been helped.

    But I also don't want my personal statement to turn into 'me me me'.

    I've also only just officially started studying psychology at level 3, so I haven't actually learnt that much yet or read much, but our course deadline for submitting our statements is October 15th, so I thought I'd get this question in now!
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    I mentioned my mothers depression and best friends anxiety in mine. Drew it into an increased sense of personal motivation to learn more about the subject of mental health problems. I mean, I got into my firm, so it can't be bad right.

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    I mean, I want to study psychology at university, and I've already talked a little bit about what interests me in relation to the subject, why I want to study, that there are few mental health issues in my family, but also that I'm quite interested in social psychology, not just mental health aspects of the subject - as it is far broader than that.

    However, I've been out of education for several years, and I've never held a job because of my ongoing conditions, so I ideally need to include something about what I've done. I don't want to turn it into a pity party, but I need people to understand that I've been getting my life on track over the last year to eighteen months, and even though I've done little in the eight years since I finished my GCSEs, it doesn't mean that I've achieved or experienced nothing.

    I was diagnosed with severe social phobia four years ago and diagnosed with depression earlier this year after a particular rough episode, and feel like I want to include some of my experiences with clinical psychologists, because I want people to know that I've seen psychology do wonderful things as a patient, and I want to study further so that I can help people like I've been helped.

    But I also don't want my personal statement to turn into 'me me me'.

    I've also only just officially started studying psychology at level 3, so I haven't actually learnt that much yet or read much, but our course deadline for submitting our statements is October 15th, so I thought I'd get this question in now!
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    Only if it's relevant to the subject you're studying.

    If it's to do with why you've been out of education, leave it to your referee.

    Your personal statement is you selling yourself to unis. So, talking about how your interest of psychology came about due to being in mental health wards would be fine, for example.
 
 
 
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