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Hi, I'm applying to grad schools for physics for next fall after having a rather terrible senior year due to depression and anxiety. It definitely affected my grades (my overall gpa is still 3.5 though) and contributed to a bad and frankly useless experience at my REU. (I didn't really have a research project and my mentor gave me very little guidance and was gone most of the time, and the grad student I was supposed to be working with was kind of busy with his own stuff.) I feel like I need to address my emotional disorder thingy (which I am now getting treatment for) in my statement of purpose or else it will seem like I just got a bad case of senioritis and stopped giving a darn. I mean, I got a C+ in electronics my last semester; that can't look good. >_< Is there a way of explaining this in my SoP that doesn't a) sound like whiny excuse-making or b) indicate that I may not be ready for grad school? Or should I not mention it? I'll be so grateful for any help on this.