The Psychological Devastation of Tinnitus
The mood disorders that can result after the onset of tinnitus are devastating for many people. I believe that some people are more predisposed than others to developing a crippling depression after the onset of tinnitus. There are likely a set of vulnerabilities in certain peoples’ brains that make them more vulnerable to experiencing psychological distress after the onset of tinnitus. Tinnitus is a challenge because it’s “always there,” and a cursory review of material on-line shows how easily some people can be pushed into psychological devastation. Consider the following anecdote:
TORMENTED by a constant piercing ringing in her ears, a case of severe tinnitus turned Janette James’s world upside down.
Such was the pain and misery caused by the little-understood condition,
the 48-year-old, of Delaney Drive in Parkhall, said she found a battle with breast cancer easier to come to terms with.
Janette said: “I know it sounds a bit strange to say that, but it really does have an awful impact on your life.
“It never goes away, and if you have a really severe case, like I have, it affects you in all sorts of ways.
“I’ve had major trouble sleeping, it’s made me feel very depressed, and it’s completely taken over my life.
“I know it’s nowhere near as serious as cancer, but it’s been much harder dealing and living with the effects of tinnitus.”
Unsurprisingly, Janette developed a mood disorder:
“It really is a struggle every day, and I did get depressed as a result of this, which was hard for my family. It shows how tinnitus can lead to a lot of other things and have such a massive impact.”