I'm working on my personal statement now and I'm wondering if I should mention a pretty bad bout of depression I had a few years back. I'm much better now, but I think it pushed my writing in a new direction and its a theme in a major piece I'm starting work on.
Anyway, I'm wondering if it could hurt me more than help me to add that bit of information.
Thanks for everything!
Crazy in St. Elsewhere
I would strongly urge you not to mention the depression in your personal statement. It's okay if you communicate that this area is something that you're exploring in your prose or poetry, but I'd leave out the information regarding you out of there.
Why? I think it's obvious: We all hope that depression is no longer stigmatized in our society, but the truth is that it is by some people. You've be risking a lot, with not a lot of potential reward. Keep the talk about this subject related to your writing.
Rock on. Thanks for the great question.