Bear with me... (TLDR at bottom.) I am bipolar, which is important to know as it relates to everything that follows. I got my first teaching job in 1999, teaching third grade. I had struggling with depression and anxiety most of my teenage and adult life, but I was just starting to recognize that. In my fourth year teaching third grade at this school, I finally saw and doctor and got on Zoloft. Also, I had a new baby, about four months old. After I had been on Zoloft for a couple of weeks I had a break down, which had been a long time coming. I was out of school for four weeks after which I came back. Of course six weeks of medication and some counseling didn't cure me, it was just a start. I was very frustrated, and without even consulting my wife, I resigned at the end of the year. I substituted for the next two years, and then took a technology assistant job at another elementary school in the same district. That lasted for three years, after which I took a position in local government. It paid more, and I thought I was done with education. After six months at this new job, I realized that I belonged in education and that I wanted to be a teacher again. During this time I had been trying different combinations of medications to help me manage the symptoms of my bipolar disorder. After four years in local government, I was finally able to get a job teaching kindergarten. The school was in a wealthy neighborhood and there was a lot of pressure from parents. Also, the principal would always side with the parents, and never gave me any support. I was put on a growth plan. I began having severe anxiety problems. I was terrified all of the time. I was having chest pains. One morning, I had a panic attack before school. I called in sick for the day and went and saw my counselor and my psychiatrist. My psychiatrist didn’t listen to me and wouldn’t prescribe me any anti-anxiety meds. Consequently, I resigned a week or two later without two week notice or anything. It was one of the worst times in my life. I felt that if I stayed any longer, I would literally end up in the hospital. A few months later, insurance changed and I was forced to find a new psychiatrist. This turned out to be a huge blessing. My new doctor listened to me and began working with me to find a combination of meds that would not only help me deal with my depression/bipolar, but also my anxiety. Today, although my anxiety is not cured, it is now managed. I know that I am ready to return to the classroom and that I will not flake out this time. However, my job history doesn’t look good and I’m afraid it is hurting my chances of getting back into the classroom. When I get interviews (I’ve had a couple), how do I address what has happened to me? How do I explain that it will not happen again? Do I share any of what has happened to me? TLDR: Anxiety and depression cause me to quit after 4 years of teaching 3rd grade. Severe anxiety attacks caused me to quit teaching kinder after 2 months. Now I have a new doctor that listens and is helping me manage my anxiety. I know what has happened before won’t happen again. But because of all that has happened, I have a spotty job history. Do I address any of this in an interview? Do I try to allay any fears that interviewers might have about have about my reliability?