Long story short, I transferred to the UW from an OOS 4-year school in the Southeast with a 4.0 and started in Summer 2016. However, in the fall I experienced my first winter in the Northwest and developed a pretty severe case of seasonal depression. I stopped attending classes, neglected myself, began sleeping all day, etc. After getting a 1.6 in Fall quarter and straight Ws in Winter and Spring quarter, I was placed on probation and eventually kicked out the university.
I never sought professional help, but I did eventually recover from depression by taking high-dose vitamin d capsules, receiving b12 injections, exercising regularly, etc. It's really like a dark cloud was lifted, and now that my thoughts aren't distorted I've been kicking myself over ruining the opportunity that I had.
I've been working about 60 hrs/wk with overtime over the last 1.5 years to establish financial independence and save up a large chunk of money for when I return to school. I also started taking classes at WWU this past Summer. I have a 4.0 at WWU, so I've demonstrated that I can still succeed academically. I'd love to go to the UW again, as it's a great school with excellent opportunities for research, etc that aren't really available at WWU.
I'll be writing my reinstatement letter soon, and I'm required to discuss the factors that contributed to my poor academic performance. I must also submit supporting documentation that provides evidence for any physical/mental health issues or extenuating circumstances that affected my ability to maintain an acceptable gpa.
Considering the fact that I was never officially diagnosed and have no way to provide evidence that I was depressed, should I even mention depression in my appeal? Besides the lack of documentation, I'm also worried about the stigma associated with depression and am concerned that the reinstatement committee would be reluctant to allow a student with a history of depression to return to the university. I'm wondering if my chances of being readmitted would be higher if I were to just admit that I was immature/undisciplined/lacked direction and have since matured and found motivation to return to school and succeed academically.
If anyone has any input I'd appreciate it!