Is honesty the answer? I have a troubled past. I struggled with eating disorders and bipolar I through ages 8 to 18. I've been fine for 4 years now. I have a 3.9 GPA, I intern, and I work. I'm applying this June. Still, I'm concerned with writing my personal statement and autobiography. My past is the reason I want to be a doctor, yet my past may hinder my acceptance. Of course, during an interview, they will ask why I missed a year of college (I was institutionalized), and why I want to be a doctor. This is the reason. Anyway...my pre-health adviser strongly urges me not to mention my history of mental illness. I don't know. An autobiography is a description of oneself over the years. Um, this is a 10 yr aspect of my life. The strength I've acquired from it makes me who I am today. How can I possibly leave that out? What else am I supposed to say. I don't want to fabricate a 6 page autobiography. What is your opinion on this one?