First time poster. I have been a tinnitus sufferer for approx. 20 years (I am 32 years old) like a lot of you I go through my ups and downs to which I refer to as phases. 90% of the time I am ok and able to completely habituate my tinnitus, it is always there but for some reason I can just live with it. I take 100mg of Zoloft which I believe helps with my anxiety associated with the tinnitus. About 2 years ago I went through approx. 4 month period whereby I was in a phase, constantly thinking about, hating the idea of going to sleep at night, not being able to enjoy anything. I took some sleeping pills for a short period of time and they appeared to help. Eventually (I think it came through a few days having fun with mates at Oktoberfest, where I noticed while I was distracted my tinnitus didn't bother me) eventually I was able to get over the phase and reach a point where it went back into habituation. I was doing so well that I began reducing my Zoloft dosage to 50mg (slowly with Dr ok) and was close to going to 25mg. Fast forward to last Saturday night and a rough nights sleep and suddenly after a couple of anxious days I am back in a phase. All the same thoughts and feelings, constantly thinking about the tinnitus, having trouble sleeping, dreading bed time, fears its gotten worse and will never be the same again, its gotten louder etc. I've beaten phases like this countless times in the past but all the same each new phase feels exactly the same with that fear in the back of your mind that its never going to get better. Does anyone have similar experiences or advice they can provide?