I’ve been unemployed for a bit and decided to apply for grad school for fall. I’m going for an MBA and I figure if I do manage to find a job, I can do the MBA part time and, if I don’t find a job, at least I’ll have something to show for my time off. I have a B.Sc and M.Sc in Electrical Engineering already. Now some of the schools I’m applying to are fairly competitive and they all require undergrad GPA and that could be a problem.
I went on Depo-Provera for three years of my education (last two years of undergrad and 1 year of grad) and it caused clinical depression. I wasn’t aware this was a side-effect and slowly things just became harder and harder until I finally reached the point of becoming suicidal because I couldn’t imagine going on like that. I didn’t know what was happening, my life was (otherwise) going well and I had never felt like this before.
My bf at the time (thankfully) forced me to go to a psychiatrist and, after a few visits, she concluded that I was a)clinically depressed and b)had no reason to be. So she put me on Paxil, it helped tremendously but every time she took me off of it, the symptoms recurred. She had assumed I was on the pill and when she finally asked about every medication I was on, I told her about DP and she started laughing and told me that clinical depression is a known side effect of DP. I stopped taking the DP and all my symptoms disappeared with it.
The problem is that over that time period (3 years) my grades slowly got worse and worse culminating in a semester where I didn’t pass a single class. Before that and after that my grades were very good but those three years were bad. Now all the applications have a space asking if you feel that your grades adequately reflect your capabilities and, if not, please explain why.
Should I attempt to explain what happened? Or should I just take my chances? I’m worried about the stigma that mental illness still seems to carry but my grades then were really bad and I think that an attempt to explain it would be needed.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!