Does Anyone Feel Like Tinnitus Make You Almost Bipolar?

Discussion in 'Support' started by SeekIngAlpha, Sep 4, 2016.

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    1. SeekIngAlpha

      SeekIngAlpha Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2003
      With tinnitus it's such a rollercoaster of emotions and reactions... it seems almost like a bipolar nightmare.
       
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    2. volsung37

      volsung37 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      I used to be a pretty serene type of chap until I got T. Now my mood swings can be pretty dramatic dependent upon sleep and loudness.
       
    3. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Actually yes, kind of. I was just thinking yesterday that it's literally driving me crazy. I get these points of being very angry to the point where I don't think I'm thinking rationally. It seems to be directly tied to how bad my tinnitus is at that moment.
       
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    4. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      I had the same problem...and it got worse when I developed a tolerance/withdrawal for klonopin. Lamictal has helped some, probably better than anything I have ever taken before. I hope my problems are due to benzo withdrawal and not just mood swings.
       
    5. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      It definitely carries my mood and concentration along with its cycles.
       
    6. Owen
      Disappointed

      Owen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unclear. Inflammatory allergic reaction/AIED
      I'm exactly the same. Saturday was a really quiet day and I was positive and upbeat, yesterday was not so good and I felt really low and depressed all day. It makes sense to me though. People often feel low, depressed and sorry for themselves when they have a cold, so why wouldn't it be the same when some other medical issue flares up?
       
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    7. Lgunal

      Lgunal Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/14
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss and Wellbutrin (I believe)
      Yes! I was just thinking this yesterday. I feel like I'm on a constant roller coaster of emotions; mostly the depressive end of the spectrum.
       
    8. Vaba
      Shitfaced

      Vaba Member

      Location:
      New New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Unknown
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown. Gradual, Progressive
      I was always a laid-back, jaded kind of guy.

      I still am. In real life (not on forums) my emotions never come into play when it comes to dealing with almost anything. So, while I'm in pain constantly, and I kind of just want to die, I know that talking about it won't make it hurt less, so I just don't say anything.

      Now that I'm writing about it, it's a special kind of hell.
       
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    9. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      You know....I could be somewhat stable with moods as long as I had a way to lower my T. Once that stopped, I had much stronger mood swings.
       
    10. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      Okay guys I found this chart comparing mood stabilizers. Some work more to prevent mania and some work more to prevent depression according to this chart. I would assume the ones that help prevent mania can be more calming? Anyways, has anyone been on one of these before and would you say it is accurate? (By the way, I am posting the link not the image because there may be copyright issues. If the pic posts, it is not my doing.

      http://undepress.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/mood-stabilizers.jpg
       
    11. ridgew

      ridgew Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005->2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I've got prescribed with a med for bipolar in a ward where my T problems led me to. It helps a lot. I managed to get back to work, and I was able to think straight for first time since I got T. If I don't take my daily dose, my thinking goes back to mess within days.
       
    12. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      That is great you have something that helps you. What medication do you take? Right now I am on Lamictal, a little klonopin, but am thinking about trying lithium orotate (supplement) to see how that goes.
       
    13. Foncky
      Rebellious

      Foncky Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A stupid 140dB popped balloon.
      No.

      Yes.
       
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    14. ridgew

      ridgew Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005->2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      I take Depakine extended release. I take 1000mg in the morning, it's usually enough for a day. I can take another 500mg during evening if I feel too agitated.
       
    15. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      I thought about taking that too. I feel like I need something anti-manic. I tried Lithium orotate yesterday it seemed to help a lot. I guess I will see what happens. Thanks for letting me know. Are there any side effects?
       
    16. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Fight or flight is constant at the moment and its a battle to keep it under control. Manic over thinking and racing, irrational thoughts. Apart from that it's all gravy.
       
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    17. Scottrock
      Fine

      Scottrock Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 weeks
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Possibly ear infection or loud music
      Yep! For the first time in my life I'm unpredictable with regard to mood swings. My family are fantastic and supportive to date - not 4 weeks yet so it may wear thin on them as well. But doesn't help when everyone else around keeps asking 'what's wrong?' Don't really want to have to explain it to everyone when I'm trying to ignore it! Tough ask!!
       
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    18. Karl K

      Karl K Member

      Location:
      Manchester, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi Scottrock, I'm exactly the same and its affecting my relationship greatly. I've been told by my wife she simply can't handle my moods. I'm manic then I'm morose, I know I am but it makes one feel lonely doesn't it? I need plenty of loving support from my nearest and dearest but when I feel as though I'm burdening my wife with my problems I try to act "normal" but it just make it worse. I'm not 'me' at the moment,, I don't know where the old Karl's gone, the happy go lucky, laid back kid and when a truck went past me in the street the other day I thought how easy it could be to just step out into its path. It was a very sobering experience. I'm getting there gradually with CBT techniques but its easy to slide back into despair with negative, irrational thoughts. Good luck anyone afflicted with anxiety related to T or hyperacusis.
       
    19. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      You can sometimes habituate faster if your brain is healthier. Perhaps some fish oil might help.
       
    20. JasonP
      No Mood

      JasonP Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2006
      Have you looked into lithium orotate? I wonder if that could help you somewhat.
       
    21. slipware
      Bookworm

      slipware Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Not bipolar but certainly the tinnitus and accompanying feeling of hollowness and other hearing related problems certainly determine my day. Some days much better than others. I just think to myself..... tomorrow should be better when it's a very loud, bad day.
       
    22. SilverSpiral
      Worried

      SilverSpiral Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ACOUSTIC TRAUMA
      No. Bipolar indicates being happy/manic at times. Not constantly sad for months on end.
       
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