Hey there. I sought out this forum because I needed advice on writing my essay. As the discussion title implies I have struggled with mental illness in the past and I am wondering if this would be okay to make the topic of my essay. My mental illness has never significantly impacted my academic performance. I'm still a straight A student, with excellent attendance and test scores, taking rigorous courses. The only noticeable impact on my academics mental illness left was the fact that I had to make up an AP exam freshman year when I was involuntarily hospitalized after admitting that I attempted suicide.
I've read articles online saying that information on mental illness should only be disclosed if there was some drop in grades and attendance that mental health conditions could explain. However, I feel as if overcoming mental illness was a pivotal moment in my development as an individual. It allowed me to realize I am capable of deciding my own life and attitude. It made me more sympathetic to peers at school and allowed me to reach out to those who were in similar situations. I also decided to come out as gay while I was hospitalized, and that action has led me to be a leader in my school's LGBT+ community.
I'm afraid that admissions might be overly cautious of students with mental illness and might deny my application because of it. But I don't feel like I can really tell my story without talking about mental illness. I've been told that I'm a good writer so I feel confident that I can put a positive spin on it. I'm not all doom and gloom, I just want to recognize a significant obstacle in my life that I overcame and continue to overcome every day. I feel that it shows my strength of character rather than my mental fragility.
Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I'm applying to extremely competitive schools, with MIT as my first choice, so every little bit of my application counts!
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Mental illness includes various types of mental behaviors that affect how a person feels emotionally. An illness of this nature may have a person displaying abnormal mental behavior, patterns and may have a form of mental disability. There are various types of illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder to name a few. Depending on the type of illness and diagnosis, treatment can include counseling, medication and in-patient services at special mental health facilities. While special care is needed for many individuals suffering from mental illness, some wonder is enough being done to ensure proper care is given.
Mental illness is an issue being tackled in countries around the world. Some parts may specialize in providing innovative treatment options for patients depending on their affordability and the type of illness. In some cases it is a matter of understanding how the patient developed the illness in the beginning. Some develop mental illness through substance abuse such as drugs or alcohol. Others may have experience a life changing event that was traumatic in nature. There are children who develop such disorders and continue to live with it as an adult. Some adults may develop mental illness later in life depending on circumstances.
There are cases in which a person that is mentally ill may rely on care from another person such as a family member or health professional. Sometimes those who care for the individual with the illness may not see eye to eye on how the person should be treated. There are certain illnesses that required around the clock care and supervised watch of the individual with the illness due to behavioral patterns and changes that may abruptly occur. When others are unaware a person has a mental illness they may be perceived as being crazy, insane or stupid. Depending on the type of mental illness a person may not have control of their emotional well-being. Ensuring mentally ill individuals receive the care they need is an ongoing battle. There are laws in effect to help protect those who are unable to care for themselves. Yet, there have been cases where it seems the individual is being used or taken advantage of because of their mental state. People are often encouraged to share their concerns and ideas with mental health organizations that help raise awareness of laws, standards and ethics for those with mental illness.