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    Hi everyone. I've had depression for nearly a year now (my therapist has said some of my symptoms are very similar to PTSD too, but I haven't received a diagnosis for that). I am in Year 13 and so I'm applying to Unis this year, and on the UCAS application it asks if I have a disability (including mental illnesses).

    I understand I should probably inform the Uni I'm going to of this, but I really don't feel comfortable telling them. The only way my depression affects me education-wise is through my attendance; although it's at ~50% right now, I'm still getting A grades or B grades, I'm still maintaining those grades. It just makes me really uncomfortable; I've already had college get involved because my attendance was so low and I hate it. I also feel like it could harm my application if they're aware of it (even though you're probably not meant to judge applicants based off things like that, but it could easily be assumed I'm not capable of coping with the workload at Uni even though I know I am).

    Uni is a big deal for me - it's a change of situation and it's helping me move in the right direction. Being able to escape, almost. I don't want to mess it up, and I can't see any benefits to telling them, but it feels like I'm lying if I don't mention it. I'm just not sure what to do.
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    Hi everyone. I've had depression for nearly a year now (my therapist has said some of my symptoms are very similar to PTSD too, but I haven't received a diagnosis for that). I am in Year 13 and so I'm applying to Unis this year, and on the UCAS application it asks if I have a disability (including mental illnesses).

    I understand I should probably inform the Uni I'm going to of this, but I really don't feel comfortable telling them. The only way my depression affects me education-wise is through my attendance; although it's at ~50% right now, I'm still getting A grades or B grades, I'm still maintaining those grades. It just makes me really uncomfortable; I've already had college get involved because my attendance was so low and I hate it. I also feel like it could harm my application if they're aware of it (even though you're probably not meant to judge applicants based off things like that, but it could easily be assumed I'm not capable of coping with the workload at Uni even though I know I am).

    Uni is a big deal for me - it's a change of situation and it's helping me move in the right direction. Being able to escape, almost. I don't want to mess it up, and I can't see any benefits to telling them, but it feels like I'm lying if I don't mention it. I'm just not sure what to do.
    Honestly you should what makes you feel the most comfortable. That being said, if you do mention depression and how its impacted you that will make your achievements look even more impressive. I mean a 50% attendance because of health issues while still maintaining grades A and B says a lot about you. If you want you could also ask your tutor to write a bit about that. You also said that your college has gotten involved because of your attendance. If they're going to mention this in your reference and essentially write a crappy reference then definitely put it in UCAS so there is a reason for your attendance.
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    I would say always disclose. For a start, you could get lower offers based on extenuating circumstances and then you will get the support required, be that lots or none, when you’re at the uni. I know it’s hard because I’ve just had to disclose a lot of stuff I’ve never talked about on my application but at least now I know when I get to the uni, there’s no chance of it going wrong. I’ve seen a lot of people not disclose stuff and have to withdraw. By no means is this going to happen to you but for me, I wanted to eliminate all chance of it happening. I can’t speak for you and ultimately it’s your own decision, but that’s what I’d recommend. Here if you ever need a friend
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    I think mentioning it would be better. Nothing bad will happen (I know that sometimes can be hard to believe). I'm applying this year too and I've put down my depression, but I understand the worry as I batted the idea backwards and forwards about putting it down. Then my brother who is in his 2nd year of university said that it disabilities don't affect the application process, it's only there so people know and can help accommodate your disability or mental illness
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    I didn't disclose my mental illness (was undiagnosed) when I applied through UCAS, though I did explain how my physical disability impacted my mental health. It didn't lower my chances of getting into university, I still got all five offers, and if I remember correctly two of the universities I applied to lowered their typical offer for me.

    When I was diagnosed during my second year at university (with PTSD from complex trauma aka CPTSD, depression and anxiety) my university were very accommodating, they also updated my needs assessment for DSA and I got a specialist MH mentor in my final year at university (in addition to all the other things I got with DSA to help me with completing my degree).

    I am pretty sure that they don't know if you've ticked yes or no to the disability box until after they've made an offer anyway - my universities knew I had EC's because my referee spoke about them in my reference. When they've made an offer then you may automatically be contacted by the universities support team for students to discuss any help you may need, including applications for DSA, etc.

    Basically, I would disclose it - it'll only help you in the long run.
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    My school wrote a letter about my mental health problems and how they affected my performance in exams etc and I still got 5 offers. I'd say it's much better to disclose everything as then the universities you're applying to are aware that you may need extra support via a wellbeing service or something similar.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi everyone. I've had depression for nearly a year now (my therapist has said some of my symptoms are very similar to PTSD too, but I haven't received a diagnosis for that). I am in Year 13 and so I'm applying to Unis this year, and on the UCAS application it asks if I have a disability (including mental illnesses).

    I understand I should probably inform the Uni I'm going to of this, but I really don't feel comfortable telling them. The only way my depression affects me education-wise is through my attendance; although it's at ~50% right now, I'm still getting A grades or B grades, I'm still maintaining those grades. It just makes me really uncomfortable; I've already had college get involved because my attendance was so low and I hate it. I also feel like it could harm my application if they're aware of it (even though you're probably not meant to judge applicants based off things like that, but it could easily be assumed I'm not capable of coping with the workload at Uni even though I know I am).

    Uni is a big deal for me - it's a change of situation and it's helping me move in the right direction. Being able to escape, almost. I don't want to mess it up, and I can't see any benefits to telling them, but it feels like I'm lying if I don't mention it. I'm just not sure what to do.
    There wouldn't be anything wrong with disclosing that you have a mental illness. Mental illnesses are so common now (or at least spoken out about now) you would not be alone as there will be plenty of other students applying or already studying at the uni.

    They shouldn't judge you on any mental illnesses, it's likely so they know to organise support for you in advance if you get a place at their uni. (A lot of the time unis will have their own GP or local GP, and most times have their own councillors. So it's just a matter of giving them the ability to help, that's all.

    Also 50% attendance and high grades is a huge selling point for you. If they mention your mental illness in any interviews, simply mentioning that will clear up any doubts/questions that have on it

    Good luck on your searches!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Hi everyone. I've had depression for nearly a year now (my therapist has said some of my symptoms are very similar to PTSD too, but I haven't received a diagnosis for that). I am in Year 13 and so I'm applying to Unis this year, and on the UCAS application it asks if I have a disability (including mental illnesses).

    I understand I should probably inform the Uni I'm going to of this, but I really don't feel comfortable telling them. The only way my depression affects me education-wise is through my attendance; although it's at ~50% right now, I'm still getting A grades or B grades, I'm still maintaining those grades. It just makes me really uncomfortable; I've already had college get involved because my attendance was so low and I hate it. I also feel like it could harm my application if they're aware of it (even though you're probably not meant to judge applicants based off things like that, but it could easily be assumed I'm not capable of coping with the workload at Uni even though I know I am).

    Uni is a big deal for me - it's a change of situation and it's helping me move in the right direction. Being able to escape, almost. I don't want to mess it up, and I can't see any benefits to telling them, but it feels like I'm lying if I don't mention it. I'm just not sure what to do.
    MH issues are covered under anit-discrimination so they legally cannot judge you or base their decision on your depression.
    I get that it's not something you really want to do though just in case so my advice is not not mention it when applying then inform whatever uni you are accepted to and decide to go to.

    Main reason for that is just so if anything does happen like you miss a day, end up being late with an assignment or whatever they already know about your issues and you can use that as a reason without having to faff around with an evidence.
    You could also probably get things like counselling through uni or a private room for exams if it would help you so it's worth having a talk with student support.

    The only different treatment they can give you is positive stuff so there's no harm in mentioning it once you know you're in. Until then you can keep it quite just so you're not worrying yourself over it.
    Hope that helps
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    Hi everyone, and thank you all for ypur replies. I didn't realise I'd get so many of them!

    I think the main thing that is holding me back from disclosing it is just how uncomfortable I was when college got involved. It's much easier now as I have a much better PT, but it's still quite overwhelming feeling everyone is involved. Having said that, if my attendance continues they probably would anyway.

    I think I will ask my PT but will end up putting it down. At the end of the day its probably a lot simpler to keep it open as hiding it last year only got me on a lot of trouble. I would rather get off to a good start.

    Thank you the support everyone!
 
 
 
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