Thomas Linka was born in Bochum, Germany. He attended grammar school at Dorsten, Germany, where he graduated with the Abitur in 1990. After finishing military service in Coesfeld in 1991, he moved to Essen for his medical studies.
In 1998 he finished his medical studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen and began his clinical education in psychiatry and psychotherapy. In 2000 he finished his medical thesis (“Dr. med.”) on the autonomic diabetic neuropathy with degree cum laude from the University of Duisburg-Essen. In 2004, after residencies at the Clinics for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Bochum, the Clinics for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Duisburg-Essen and at the Clinic of Neurology and Neurophysiology of the Evangelic Hospital in Gelsenkirchen, he received his registration as psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Germany.
In 2005 he decided to work as a psychiatrist in the Netherlands and received BIC and MSRC registration.
Since April 2005 Thomas Linka is working as a psychiatrist for the GGZ Noord- en Midden Limburg in Venray. Since November 2007 he works fulltime as a psychiatrist and medical head of the Clinic for Addictive Disorders Paschalis, Oostrum, the Netherlands.
In oktober 2009 Thomas finished his PhD-Thesis over Stimulus Intensity Dependent ERP components in the Pharmacotherapy of Major Depressive Disorder at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.