My step-mom had bipolar disorder (manic depression) and growing up with her obviously greatly affected who I am. In the middle of my senior year of high school, an already chaotic time, she committed suicide. I want to at least mention her disorder in my PS because it impacted my decision to become a doctor, but I dont know if I should leave out the suicide. If I used it, I wouldnt want it to be perceived as an attempt at shock value or elliciting pity. So,you may wonder why I am considering including it. I think it could be seen as an example of my perserverance and dedication, among other things. Anyway, just wondering what you all think. Please, any advice is appreciated.