hausoian878 wrote:For anyone who has ever been diagnosed with depression, it is impossible to ignore as one of the most central elements of your life. In my opinion, simply not mentioning it is not being honest with yourself or with the people who will admit you into law school. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I've never known the inner-workings of admissions committees, but I have been diagnosed as having mental illness issues and to pass it off as something that is embarrassing or suspecting that someone would try to gain pity from an adcomm is downright insulting to those who have dealt with depression or any other mental illness. This is serious stuff, folks. This is reality, not something to hide. Do you not think that adcomms are aware that many law students and many LAWYERS are prone to depression? Get real.
If I were writing my personal statement today, I would most definitely include my history with mental illness and show how it has impacted me. Further, I would write about how it has changed my mindset and my general outlook on life. There is great potential there for a personal statement, but it all depends on what you want to bring out of it to make yourself the best possible candidate you can be.
I have to dissent here. There are things that have been central to my life that I would NEVER, EVER mention to adcomms unless the only other option was to lie. I have had my medical history used against me in the past with 0% basis in fact or reason and yet to great effect. There are lots of reasonable, intelligent people out there who aren't prejudiced by things like this, but until those people comprise 100% of the professional population, it's such a risk to take. Being honest with yourself does not require that you fully disclose to everyone who crosses your path.