Clinical depression runs in my family, and I had bouts with it when I was 14 and 15. It was decided that I should probably go on an anti-depressant to keep the depression from disrupting my life. I had been taking this medication for 5 years, and I almost forgot what it was like be depressed. This past summer I spoke with my doctor and we decided that I might be able to do without the medication. We tapered the dosage down over a couple months time, and a few weeks into the fall semester I wasn't taking it anymore.
I guess I had a more severe withdrawl than most people would from this medication, and I got hit with debilitating depressive episode . I couldn't get out of the bed in the morning, I couldn't go to class, I couldn't socialize normally, my life was in utter disarray.
As soon as I realized what was happening I started taking my medication again, but if any of you know anything about anti-depressants they take 4-6 weeks to start working.
Up until this semester I had a 3.92 GPA, was president of a club I founded, had 2 years of volunteering and clinical exposure, had done a year of research, and I felt I wouldn't have much trouble getting into medical school.
My bad grades were devastating me, and I decided it was better to get all W's than C's. So I was granted a Medical Leave of Absence from my school, and I went home to get my head straight.
My depression was successfully managed with medication for five years, and I am back to my old self again since being back on it. I will probably need to be medicated for the rest of my life, and I have accepted that fact.
My question is, what do you think a semester full of W's caused by depression will do to my chances at getting into medical school. I am worried that as hard as I try to get myself back into the pre-med groove, it won't be enough to allay adcoms fears that I might relapse during medical school. Do you think I should reevaluate my career plans, or stick it out on the pre-med route.
Thanks for your responses.