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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. May I ask, how was your sleeping and eating habits during this depressive episode? Also would you say that you are anxious and worried, along with the depression? Lastly when did these symptoms start for you; how old were you exactly?
Thank you for your response. So it is definitely possible that a mood disorder, such as depression, as well as a co-occurring anxiety disorder can cause self-destructive behavior and cause a person to act in a manner they would normally not act like. Mood disorders and Anxiety can cause cognitive changes which affect your reasoning and deduction abilities, so this can cause you to make poor decisions. So to answer your question, yes a mental health disorder can be diagnosed to have caused this behavior.
A psychologist or a psychiatrist can easily diagnose depression, anxiety, or any other type of mental health disorder that could have caused this behavior. Typically a thorough clinical interview and background would be enough to cement a documented diagnosis, but it would require you to go to a psychologist or a psychiatrist for such an assessment. In some cases, usually a psychologist, will provide a paper and pencil test that can provide a more indepth look at your symptoms and psychopathology to better understand you and your mental health disorders that are present.
Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns as I would be happy to continue assisting you regarding this issue.
Yes diagnoses can occur after the fact with a careful background, clinical interview, and assessment. If the symptoms have been resolved than you may only get a diagnosis like "Major Depressive Disorder In Remission" which means that at one point you may have suffered from a Major Depressive Disorder, but it is currently not prominent and hence in remission. I cannot factually tell you if this will only be viewed as a "sudden self-acceptance" as I am not privy to all the fact in this case, I can only tell you that a mental health disorder could very well cause the behavior you described and can be diagnosed retroactively
Was there anything else, I can assist you with?
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