Humming and Bipolar Disorder

Humming with bipolar disorder seems to be most often related to medications used in treating the manic depression. Online bipolar discussion groups mention humming or tinnitus as a side effect with some antidepressants. Humming, or ringing in the ears, can be hard to recognize in patients with active psychosis or mania.

Fast Facts:

  • Humming or tinnitus has been initially mistaken by physicians for worsening of psychotic symptoms.
  • Tinnitus is rare. In patients taking citalopram, a drug used in bipolar disorder, it occurs in less than 1% of patients.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience humming while taking your medication.

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