Should I be honest about my mental illnesses?

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    Hello,
    I am currently writing my personal statement for University but am undecided about how honest I should be about my mental illnesses. I have severe Anorexia Nervosa, social anxiety and depression that I have had for 5 years now and have had two 6 month long inpatient (hospital) admissions.

    Despite me being in recovery, these are obviously things that will not just go away and I will continue to struggle with, especially with the stress of University.

    I wondered if anyone has had experience with this? How open should I be?
    Also, I was wanting to postpone my entry for a year, and has anyone done this?

    Thank you,
    Denica
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    keep it personal and take your time i have depression as well
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    When I applied (also struggling with AN, anxiety and depression) I didn't mention anything on my personal statement. I did apply as a disabled candidate and I think I then got the opportunity to disclose how my disability affected me, so I was able to say, for example that I might not perform well in an interview due to my social anxiety. As far as deferring - when I applied I didn't think it would be something I'd need but it was really touch and go in the summer as to whether I would be able to go to uni or not (and tbh I went against my treatment team's recommendation) and I spoke to my university choices and explained the situation and they basically said that medical deferrals can be made at any point, I just had to let them know I would be unable to start the course and I they'd push my place back to next year.

    I really would recommend being confident you can manage at uni before you go. It's a very sink or swim situation, especially with anorexia and can go wrong very fast. I found my first year extremely hard and while things have ended up okay I think it would have been 100% the right decision to defer, I just wasn't ready.
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    (Original post by doodle_333)
    When I applied (also struggling with AN, anxiety and depression) I didn't mention anything on my personal statement. I did apply as a disabled candidate and I think I then got the opportunity to disclose how my disability affected me, so I was able to say, for example that I might not perform well in an interview due to my social anxiety. As far as deferring - when I applied I didn't think it would be something I'd need but it was really touch and go in the summer as to whether I would be able to go to uni or not (and tbh I went against my treatment team's recommendation) and I spoke to my university choices and explained the situation and they basically said that medical deferrals can be made at any point, I just had to let them know I would be unable to start the course and I they'd push my place back to next year.

    I really would recommend being confident you can manage at uni before you go. It's a very sink or swim situation, especially with anorexia and can go wrong very fast. I found my first year extremely hard and while things have ended up okay I think it would have been 100% the right decision to defer, I just wasn't ready.
    Quoting as this is good advice. OP, def tick the UCAS disability box(es) and get your school to contextualise your performance and achievements in lights of your mental health. But, as said above, really do think very hard about whether you're ready for uni yet and how attending (even if it's deferred by a year) may impact upon your recovery. Also make sure you do thorough research about disability/mental health provision at the unis you are applying to, as quality and standards are variabel :sadnod:
 
 
 
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