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Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2013 Nov;25(4):271-4.

Hatred of sounds: misophonic disorder or just an underreported psychiatric symptom?

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Programa de Ansiedade e Depressão, Instituto de Psiquiatria, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janiero, Brazil. E-mail: lfontenelle@gmail.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Misophonia, or selective sound sensitivity syndrome, is a preoccupation with or aversion to certain types of sounds that evokes feelings of irritability, disgust, or anger. Recently, it has been suggested that misophonia is a discrete clinical entity deserving of its own place in psychiatric diagnostic manuals. In this paper, we describe 3 patients whose misophonia could be attributed to different underlying primary psychiatric disorders.

METHODS:

Case series report.

RESULTS:

In these patients, we argue that misophonia is better described as a symptom of a) obsessive-compulsive disorder, b) generalized anxiety disorder, and c) schizotypal personality disorder.

CONCLUSIONS:

The nosological status of misophonia remains a matter of debate. Patients who exhibit misophonia as a major complaint should be assessed for other conditions. Further studies on the prevalence, natural history, and additional features of misophonia are needed.

PMID:
24199217
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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