Audiophila Syndrome - first recognized in DSM 3.666 characterized by obsessive behavior related to collecting electronic devices, esp. cables, and a highly narrowed focus on a very small number of musical selections thought by Pt. to exemplify “good sound” or “high fidelity.”
Audiophilia Disorder is currently classified as a personality disorder characterized by a general pattern of excessive concern with orderliness of electrical cables, perfectionism, excessive attention to details such as contact cleanliness, mental and interpersonal control, and a need for control over one's listening environment, at the expense of flexibility, openness to musical forms, and efficiency.
Diagnoisis: A clear diagnosis will be obtained whenever a pt. complains “It is never good enough.” Pt. typically denies any problem or disorder, and may evince extreme limbic system flareups if moderation is suggested or esp. if anyone challenges “What their ears hear.” Pt. typically denies any disorder; often maintains “I can spend my money any way I want, etc.” In extreme cases, divorce and homelessness may follow.
Unknown pathogenesis, but is inversely correlated with actual knowledge of acoustics or electronics. Thus is rarely found in engineers or scientists (except social “scientists”). Incidence may be correlated with belief in other fallacious notions, such as vaccine diseases, flat-eartherism, or scientology.
Extreme psychopathology esp. with respect to “Analog” or “Cableism” is associated with Munchausen syndrome
Audiophilia Disorder was formerly considered merely a form of Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder with a strong focus on “perfectionism,” but work by Dr. Kraft-Ebiis-Ebfield on Cluster B pts. (Histrionic/Narcissistic spectrum) led to separation of Audiophilia into a separate Disorder, tho with strong Comorbidity.
Genetics: unknown, but a significant association with various abnormalities of the Y-chromosome has been noted.
Treatment: Phlogiston baths may be indicated, depending on clinical experience
In mild cases, behavioral therapy may be indicated, such as allowing play behavior with a new turntable or digital noise reduction device. Therapy is enhanced if the therapist or other trusted person (“reviewer”) assures Pt. that new technology is involved.
Treatment, more re advanced cases: Disorder often progresses to an advanced state with age and hearing loss or tinnitus. In such cases, pre-frontal lobotomy was formerly used, but is now dis-favored. Judicious administration of Antipsychotics may be effective, but agranulocytosis is common.
Alternative Therapies: Chinese medical herbs have been used with minimal success; the best results have been obtained by exposure to strong Chinese gong noise, although consequent hearing damage may result