You know what's funny? I've been fighting what I call "cyclic depression" since childhood, and I'm in my 60's.
I know, that isn't even slightly funny. What is though(or at least ironic) was that back in the 80s there was a huge thing going around that D&D was somehow causing kids to commit suicide.
And you and I use it as an escape so we don't
do something self-destructive.
The mess in the 80s was "the establishment" responding to something they didn't understand. There were hearing in Congress on it, believe it or not. And family after family came in with tragic tales that all seemed somehow similar:
Practically every family said:
Life was perfect, our son told us everything, there were no secrets. He was doing well in school, had friends, and then one day killed himself. Going through his things later we found the D&D books. That must be the cause!"
I can't imagine any reputable mental health professional ever saying that someone kills themselves for just one reason. (Okay, there are probably extreme cases somewhere, like shooting yourself so your child can have a vital organ, but those are something else.)
And as family after family came up and told their variation on that story, I couldn't help asking, "If they 'told you everything', and you didn't know how they spent time with their friends, doesn't that mean that there really were secrets, and that they didn't
tell you everything?"
I'm not trying to make light of any family's pain or loss, just saying that there's probably a lot more to the story.
So if there's anyone else out there who go into "severe mood swings" over an extended peridd of time, chip in here. Share whatever you're comfortable sharing.
Who knows, you might feel better.