I think they invent new mental problems and way over diagnos. However, my son has bi-polar and I can testify his are not normal mood swings. He does much better with medication.
My grandson was diagnosed with Bipolar, ADHD and whatever the name of the one is where they don’t listen to authority figures....at 3.
OMG what an unhappy little boy he was, always just miserable. The docs finally got some medication that works, through many switches and trial and error, and now he is a different kid, a joy to be around. He is still hyper as heck but doesn’t ‘explode’ like he used too. He is almost 6 now.
I feel for anyone that really has these illnesses.
I have a bi-polar sister who goes from crying jags to an intensity that is just as hard to be around. She refuses to admit she has a problem and says the meds make her feel fuzzy. Not a good situation.
A good friend of mine’s father had a history of mental illness and he does too but to a lesser degree. His son was bi-polar and ultimately took his own life and his daughter sufferes from it too and she is noticeably medicated.` She and her husband have chosen not to have children due to the likelyhood that they will inherit the disease.