Do I talk about my mental disorders in my college application?
Mental disorders can be a difficult topic to navigate when it comes to college applications, and it’s important to consider all your options before making a decision. The key is to determine whether or not disclosing information about your mental disorder could be beneficial to your application. On one hand, discussing your mental disorder in your application can give the admissions committee more insight into your past experiences and how they have shaped you. It can also demonstrate that you are self–aware and open to talking about difficult topics. This can be especially beneficial if you have a history of mental health treatment or if you have been actively working to manage your condition. On the other hand, not disclosing your mental disorder could be seen as taking a more proactive approach. It could be seen as a way of emphasizing your strengths and focusing on the positive aspects of your life. This could be beneficial if your mental disorder is not well–controlled or if you feel like it would not be beneficial to discuss in your application. Ultimately, you should make the decision that feels right for you. If you are open to discussing your mental disorder in your application, you can use it to your advantage. Talk about the ways in which it has made you stronger and more capable. Emphasize the strategies you have taken to manage your mental health and any successes you have had. However, if you are not comfortable with disclosing your mental disorder, you can still make your application stand out in other ways. Focus on the aspects of your life that make you unique and highlight the positive things you have done. No matter what you decide to do, it is important to remember that it is your decision and to make sure you are comfortable with it. College applications are not the only way to make a good impression, so don’t feel pressured to disclose anything if you are not comfortable. Ultimately, it is important to be honest with yourself and make a decision that works for you.
For another perspective, we asked Judge Josh at Outlaw Student the same question — here’s what he said: https://www.outlawstudent.com/2010/09/mention-your-disorders/