That does sound a little extreme for hyperfocus. It sounds like the compliments made you feel good, so you are super driven to keep them coming.
Maybe it’s time to find another interest to focus on for a while.
I think it would be wise to get some counseling and help for your depression and maybe even this extreme interest.
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