Tinnitus and Psychiatry
Tinnitus has been associated with anxiety and depression, among other psychiatric disorders. There is a role for psychiatrists to treat tinnitus sufferers who have significant comorbid psychiatric conditions:
When relief finally came for De Mong, it was not in the form of a tinnitus specialist or an ear doctor, but a psychiatrist. He was referred to the doctor after several hours of hospital observation. While he insisted his problem was the ringing, she diagnosed him as depressed and prescribed sleeping pills and an antidepressant, Effexor. Finally, he said, he began to sleep. And slowly, the depression — and along with it, the severity of his tinnitus — began to improve. It’s a message he wants others suffering from the condition to know.
“If you’ve got ringing in the ears, the first thing you should do is see a psychiatrist,” he said. “She saved my life.”