Hi, all. I’m applying to master’s programs in a technical discipline. For about three and 1/2 semesters in college I was severely clinically depressed. And, as I got to learn first-hand, being severely depressed is pretty debilitating, so for three semesters I got B+s, Bs and B-s. My question is should I bring up my depression in my statements of purpose to explain my poor performance? My concern is that most people regard any kind of mental illness as either an inexcusable personal weakness or, at best, “please-get-away-from-me-now” weird. Naturally, I have a different view and regard it as a normal part of the human condition to which some people are genetically predisposed. But I recognize that I shouldn't at all try to lecture the people who read my statement of purpose… I guess my options are a) Don’t bring up any illness, look generically incompetent b) Bring up depression, risk making admissions committees think I’m a dysfunctional weirdo* c) Mention an illness that adversely affected my performance, but don’t name it Thoughts?