papi21

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Does the admission's counsel think of you any differently if someone is clinically depressed and have ADD? and how?
 

RAK1987

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maybe im being cynical, but probably an overshare. we all have a baggage, and lots of it. the best thing to do it to present yourself as an equal. whatever that means to you personally.

i didnt bring up any of that stuff personally because i see it as just baggage. you haul it around with you for a while, but at the end of the day you let it go. you dont want to present yourself as a sob story. the way i like to see it is that i overcame these obstacles and they have made me the person i am... only indirectly will they help me get into dental school.
 

enfuego

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Why would they have to know about that? If you don't tell them, I don't know how they could find out. Unless you need to tell them about it to explain a bad semester or something, but you might be able to get away with saying something vague like "I had an illness" instead of going into exactly which disorders you have.

I have social anxiety disorder, but only in specific situations. Most people can't tell I have it, but I do and it really affects my life as mild as it is. I wasn't planning on telling adcoms about it since I don't want them to get the wrong idea and think I'm completely socially dysfunctional and would be unable to deal with patients and other dental students and colleagues, etc etc.
 
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NyCzPeter

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Yea unless its necessary, I don't think it would be a good idea, since I don't see how it can possibly help you.

Also, the background checks only pertain to criminal history, and I don't think medical history is an issue.
 

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I'm not picking on anyone, but I'm going to ask a question related to this.
In my science classes, it seems like at least 50% of people have ADD or some sort of disorder and thus able to get ritalin, etc. What do you guys think of this?
And there is no way in hell that they really do, you guys know they say they have that sh&* to be able to get those drugs. I have never tried any of that stuff, but some people say that they can read the entire biochem book in one seating when they're taking that sutff. I mean damn!
 

RAK1987

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I'm not picking on anyone, but I'm going to ask a question related to this.
In my science classes, it seems like at least 50% of people have ADD or some sort of disorder and thus able to get ritalin, etc. What do you guys think of this?
And there is no way in hell that they really do, you guys know they say they have that sh&* to be able to get those drugs. I have never tried any of that stuff, but some people say that they can read the entire biochem book in one seating when they're taking that sutff. I mean damn!

here, in my science classes it feels like 50 percent of the people have ADD and thus get time extensions on their exams! WTF!! part of what makes exams hard is the time crunch. i just feel like it's total crap!
 

Performer

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here, in my science classes it feels like 50 percent of the people have ADD and thus get time extensions on their exams! WTF!! part of what makes exams hard is the time crunch. i just feel like it's total crap!
YES! I forgot to mention the time extension too. In some of my classes, some get 2 class sessions to do the exam. I'm like WTF.
 

enfuego

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I'm not picking on anyone, but I'm going to ask a question related to this.
In my science classes, it seems like at least 50% of people have ADD or some sort of disorder and thus able to get ritalin, etc. What do you guys think of this?
And there is no way in hell that they really do, you guys know they say they have that sh&* to be able to get those drugs. I have never tried any of that stuff, but some people say that they can read the entire biochem book in one seating when they're taking that sutff. I mean damn!
You've never heard of people taking Adderall? People with prescriptions make money selling their meds to desperate college students.

I know in my high school, a couple people would get family friends who were physicians to "diagnose" them with ADD so they could get the time extensions.

Honestly, everyone has some symptoms of ADD. We get fidgety and bored and distracted and short-tempered. That doesn't mean you have ADD, though. I know around here there used to be a clinic that would give out ADD prescriptions without much thought, and I'm sure they're clinics like that scattered all over. Not only that, but a lot of people are diagnosed with ADD when they actually have some other problem like a sleep disorder or something. And it's a mostly childhood disorder, and normal kid behavior gets mistaken for ADD more than a few times, especially by parents who push the doctors because they can't deal with their kids.

But don't get me wrong, there definitely are people who have ADD. My uncle couldn't hold down a job until he got diagnosed and started getting medication. It's just not actually as prevalent as it seems.
 

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Does the admission's counsel think of you any differently if someone is clinically depressed and have ADD? and how?
Either they'll believe you when you say you have clinical depression and ADD, or they'll think you're lying to yourself and to them.

If they believe you, then they'll think you have extra baggage and that you might not be stable enough to handle the rigors or dental school. If they think you're lying to yourself and to them, then they'll think you're unwilling to accept the blame for whatever flaws your application has and that you take the easy way out of life's problems (sadness, distractions) by medicating yourself.

Did your grades suffer for a semester because you were really depressed? If so, then just talk about the cause(s) of your depression without saying that you're clinically depressed. I'd avoid talking about ADD if at all possible. ADD is so over-diagnosed that people tend to not take it seriously.
 

needa20

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agree that ADD is def over diagnosed. seems like just about any kid acting up is automatically put on meds for it, when it is just sometimes a kid being a kid.

ADD is more rare as you reach highschool, college, ect... age, but some still actually do have it.

the ADD meds are not some miracle drug that people talk about. you can not sit there and read an entire biochem book just because you took
Adderall.

Adderall and Ritalin (sp?) are now highly controlled substances because of them being sold to highschool and college students illegially

to the OP:, I would not bring it up unless necessary
 
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