1 year medical withdrawal for schizoaffective disorder: how to explain on resume?

<p>Doesn't it look awkward when I have completed college in five years? My school is ranked in the top 25 and is a "public Ivy" and I hope to continue school next year and hopefully have enough credits to finish two out of three areas I have worked in (biochemistry, biology, physics)-- my default plan is to finish with majors in Biochemistry and Physics and a minor in Biology. Nevertheless, I hope my interdisciplinary bent compensates for my medical withdrawal. </p>

<p>I will have completed about 140+ credits if all goes to plan, and my treatment goes well and I manage my condition properly. How do I even begin explain what happened? In some ways, the symptoms I experience (which have grown more acute this year forcing my withdrawal) reflect traits of my fundamental personality -- i.e. it allows me to think rapidly about related thoughts and think critically and creatively, but at the same time for the past few years my thoughts have grown disordered and also plunge me into severe suicide-inducing moodswings. </p>

<p>I'm now getting medication to manage it of course and it is more under control, and one of my professors (Chair of Chemistry) had a daughter who eventually "recovered" from bipolar, went on to MIT, and even could stop taking meds and got "cured" after some time, but I don't think she had to take a medical withdrawal. </p>

<p>And when applying to jobs, how do I explain this on my resume? Should I mention it at all? Should I mention what the disorder was, or that it was even psychological? I think employers and grad schools are prejudiced towards psychiatric disorders.</p>

<p>Lots of people take five or six years to graduate. I would not mention that diagnosis (and when things are stable, you may want to research it), and employers can't ask. They CAN ask if you have had to miss work (don't know about school) due to illness.</p>

<p>Don't add it to your resume. Just make it seem like you took 5 years to graduate, which is quite common.</p>

<p>I wouldn't note anything about it. If you're asked about it, which I doubt you would be, you can say you had a medical or personal issue (whichever you prefer) and leave it at that.</p>