So I'm 7 weeks in and still in the freak out mode which I have found from here is very normal. I live in LA and have gone to the LA support group, seen one of the top tinnitus audiologists, and 2nd audiologist and 2 top ENT's and a psychiatrist. EVERYONE says even with kind of a "oh honey so sorry" smile that I will just get used to it and maybe it will go away. honestly my psychiatrist was the best support so far but still he just said "oh yea I have it and I don't even notice anymore." At least he gave me some xanax but told me to take it as a last resort. He did give me another sleeping pill but I've been too scared to take it. They do treat me and THANK GOD I had an established relationship with my psychiatrist because the others laughed when I asked for anything to help me sleep or cope through the night. They just all said I need to not think about it and not to go on any support group website. Why can't there be any help for anyone in the beginning? EVERYONE in here says it's VERY normal for people to go through a terrible initial time period and there is literally no support. I went to the ER one night and they looked in my ear and gave me some antibiotics. I was a freaking mess. I still am. Even at the LA support group there was no emotional support. The knowledge on T was good but for someone new freaking out? No. Nothing. Even the director just looked at me in this "oh honey" kind of way and said that we make a 5% problem feel like it's the end of the world. WTF? I'm glad you have come to that conclusion after your freaking TWENTY YEARS in this group. Forgive me if I'm just a few weeks in and upset. She never even returned my email asking for some help. If I ever get through this I want help start some kind of beginning emotional support thing. I don't know. Just something besides "this will probably go away let's see and just don't think about it." Even the top LA audiologist WHO HAS T HIMSELF told me not to go on this group or ANY support group and to just not think about the T. WTF? Sorry I'm just angry. I think all these specialists and people have a good place in their heart from where they are coming from but I feel like they are just patting my head and smiling nicely and saying move along.