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Folio Acquisition Disorder (FAD)

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Edited: Jun 18, 2012, 7:41am Top

Proposed for the forthcoming International Classification of Diseases 11 (Chapter 5) - FOLIO ACQUISITION DISORDER or F.A.D. - a new disorder apparent from epidemiological evidence collated from Folio Society Devotees of Library Thing.

Diagnostic Criteria for Folio Acquisition Disorder (a subset of Obsessional Compulsive Disorders, Addiction Disorders and Hoarding Behaviour). Any seven of the following thirteen criteria qualifies diagnosis.

1. Prolonged preoccupation (over 1 year) with Folio Society publications resulting in notable deterioration of marital or other interpersonal relationship and/or occupational functioning.

2. Possession of over 70 Folio Society regular volumes or over 5 Limited Edition volumes/sets.

3. An escalation of acquisition targeting within Folio Society product range, from occasional second-hand purchase to regular new purchasing direct from Folio Society to Limited Edition purchases. (Note: for multiple purchase of any one LE volume add TWO more to count)

4. Foregoing usual lifestyle (eg. clothing, eating out, holiday, friend's birthday present, attending social event, delaying new car purchase) because of financial cost of Folio Society needs.

5. Inability to refrain from visiting Members' Room when in London OR anger at apparent foreign price discrepancies.

6. Continual checking of Folio Society website, Folio Society Devotees section of Library Thing, or checking eBay and other web booksellers for sale of Folio volumes (more than once per fortnight).

7. Marked disappointment with volumes from other editorial houses, even when given as gifts.

8. Dysphoria or other unpleasant mood when Folio Society sale is late, sale contents disappointing, or rejoining offer does not adequately reflect one's undying loyalty.

9. Depressed mood when limitation of desired Limited Edition sold out OR elated mood when limitation of acquired Limited Edition sold out.

10. Annoyance when Folio Society commissioned illustration work is not to one's liking.

11. Requiring partners and/or friends to buy Folio Society volumes for brithdays and/or Christmas.

12. Extending bookshelving specifically as a result of Folio Society purchasing.

13. Acquistion rate greater than reading rate.

Score Severity:

7 - 8 mild

9 - 10 moderate

11+ terminal

(Edited to include recent data)

Jun 17, 2012, 5:32pm Top

With 11 out of 13 criteria fulfilled, I obviously have a terminal case of FAD. Any idea how long I've got before termination?

Jun 17, 2012, 5:42pm Top

is there a known cure?

Edited: Jun 17, 2012, 6:36pm Top

>2 wcarter: You may yet survive to see Folio 70.

>3 overthemoon: Sadly no cure yet known. Various treatments have been attempted but with an unacceptable degree of co-morbidity. Spousal Ultimatum Therapy results in high divorce rate. Shock Therapy (covert replacment of all Folios with paperbacks or electronic book) results in catatonic stupor, cardiac arrest or stroke. Substitution Therapy with Easton Press or Franklin Library volumes results in worsening expenditure with lower mood. Anti-depressant treatment (at times effective in classic Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) has resulted in manic mood swings with grandiose indiscriminate multiple LE purchases.

Boldface is presently undertaking a trial of Shed Therapy involving locking the patient inside said environment and having him sitting on hands: this is believed however to risk severe paraesthesia in the extremity of the upper limbs and damage to tooth enamel with rebound purchasing impulsivity upon release from shed.

The first person to demonstrate a definitive cure free from side effects will receive £1000 of regular and £5000 LE vouchers from the Society.

Jun 17, 2012, 6:24pm Top

At first I found this very amusing and chuckled aloud. Yet, as I continued to read through the list, the full horror dawned on me.

Do I need help? Are the last vestiges of rational decision making falling from me like so many tattered rags?

Something rebelled deep within. I felt a firm hand on my shoulder and that infernal guide, Virgil, whispered to me.

"No, you are fine! This is nothing but medicalisation of the human condition! There is no 'disorder'. Chaos reigns only when circumstance thwarts your Bacchanalian appetite for such crucial purchases."

So... this Folio Acquisition Disorder is nothing but a social construction, pathologising me for a socially imposed book deficiency.

I don't need a psychiatrist; I need more books! And more time to read them!

I must go. There are two paramedics knocking at my front door.

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. -- Inferno, Canto III, Line 9

Jun 17, 2012, 6:42pm Top

Nnnnnnnnn!!! Mmmmmmmmm!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Ugh! Ugh! Ughhh..hh..hh..hh..hh..Oh! Eieieieieieieieieieieieieieiei...Uhhh!!!! Ng.

Jun 17, 2012, 9:17pm Top

>1 cronshaw:,4. Hahaha love it love it love it

Jun 17, 2012, 9:35pm Top

>1 cronshaw:

Jun 17, 2012, 10:11pm Top

I'm afraid I'm out of place here. I only scored a 6.

Clearly a monumental case of denial is involved. Really, I'm not disappointed in the summer sale..... I can make it to the renewal season...... my car can survive another winter, freeing up plenty of cash for.....

Oh, my.

Jun 17, 2012, 10:16pm Top

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13...I think I have a problem!

Jun 17, 2012, 10:36pm Top

10 out of 13, and I've only been a member for 5 or so months...I think I need help.

Jun 17, 2012, 11:19pm Top

I need help, although am behind in the LE stakes. When we moved they were the first things I unpacked. Husband was not impressed. Now I'm working full time I have discovered that you can't wear them but rather than buy a winter coat I've nicked one of my husband's. He buys clothes like I buy FS books. And just like Coynedj I'm sure my car is fine.

Jun 17, 2012, 11:56pm Top

I am moderate and I don't even subscribe yet! Oh dear!

Also, moving 600+ total volumes - many of which are folios - is making me think twice of owning so many tomes. I've been packing them for 12 hours and counting and I'm starting to go a little squirrely.

Perhaps a spending hiatus until my reading catches up? *throws his hands up in the air* Everyone knows this rarely works and yet we subscribe to the illusion for a spell.

Jun 18, 2012, 1:25am Top

What about "When unemployed, won't consider job opportunities in another town because it would be too many Folios to move"


Jun 18, 2012, 2:22am Top

Moderate, verging on terminal. But happily not alone.

Os, I would add "when unemployed, will use survival funds to purchases Folios with the justification that they are on sale."

Think I've just bumped myself up to terminal.

Jun 18, 2012, 4:08am Top

Recent research appears to indicate worldwide spread, since F.A.D. has been detected in subjects not having English as mother tongue. Serious consequences predicted; World Health Organization alerted.

Jun 18, 2012, 5:28am Top

>15 letterpress: "when unemployed, will use survival funds to purchases Folios with the justification that they are on sale."

Guilty :o(

Jun 18, 2012, 7:35am Top

Surely 9) should be "Elated mood when limitation of treasured Limited Edition sells out, as early purchase (possibly as alternative to mortgage, rent, bills etc.) and sense of the item's worth are vindicated"? Unless it's just incomplete... "Depressed mood when limitation of desired Limited Edition sold out, as the chance of acquiring a second copy which need absolutely never be removed from its box has passed forever".

I seem to escape with about 6.5, so the men in white coats shouldn't be arriving just yet.

Jun 18, 2012, 7:50am Top

>18 terebinth: Amended to reflect additional data. SLECA Psychosis (Second LE Copy Acquisition) already covered in (3). However, mere thinking along such lines is a reliable indicator of nascent malignant psychopathology.

Jun 18, 2012, 8:32am Top

>15 letterpress:

Oh boy... this is, sadly, me:

"when unemployed, will use survival funds to purchases Folios with the justification that they are on sale."

Jun 18, 2012, 9:04am Top

Oh my God - its 11 out of 13 for me......:-)

Jun 18, 2012, 9:34am Top

A picture of the syndrome

Jun 18, 2012, 10:18am Top

Well, it is not fatal. I have been a member since 1985 and have about 700 Folios, and I am still kicking. But then, I only scored a four.

Some of you can take comfort from a quote by Erasmus, I believe: "When I get a little money I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes." And he lived to a ripe old age. Of course, I think he did not have a spouse.

Jun 18, 2012, 10:23am Top

> 22

Wow, ten Xmas Sale orders! Serious indeed. Hope you have time to write notes to a lot of people.

Jun 18, 2012, 11:31am Top

>24 drasvola:

About 6 months ago I contracted the now well known FAD. I had thought it would went away after a couple of orders , but I was wrong ,this publisher is like no other, once it started, only the poison has the effect to quench the thirst.

It may not be fatal, but growing bookshelves at home could burn a hole in the pocket. Luckily , there is a limitation on the number of books one could procure from their current inventory. Otherwise, When it get delirious, FAD could possibly enable a spike of buying several hundred books over a few months.

Jun 18, 2012, 12:43pm Top

>22 kafkachen: That's so unwell the World Health Organisation ICD-11 Epidemiology Department may have to include an Acute Paroxysmal Category warranting Intensive Care.

Or are you perhaps distantly related to Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen?

Jun 18, 2012, 12:59pm Top

I've just got back from a visit to my doctor. . .

After the usual introductions, he gently sat me down, put a cold compress on my forehead, and told me to commence deep and even breathing with my feet over my head. He explained I was not the first, thus. Indeed, he had seen volumes of people like me who scored high on the index, and apologised if I was already foxed in the preliminaries. "I shall be glad to explain everything, but there is just one known course of treatment - and it's not easy," he warned.

The electro-therapy would be long and painful, he said, requiring a lengthy stay in rehab, and admitted that I risked severe paraesthesia being kindled in the extremity of the upper limbs and damage to tooth enamel with rebound purchasing impulsivity upon release from the padded facility. The treatment, he explained delicately, was still experimental - the waiting list was long, and so far only a handful of patients had tried it. When pressed (and he was at first reluctant on this point) he admitted that to date all had failed and had immediately relapsed after discharge.

I told him I was desperate. "As an illustration, my friends think I'm cocked, warped . . . and slightly bumped on the corners."

"Else fine?" he ventured, but I could tell he was just trying to humour me. Finally, as a footnote, he admitted my jacket was chipped.

"Please, doctor," I gasped. "I can't go on like this. Look, I'll try anything.....ANYTHING!

"Anything?" he said quietly.

"Anything," I murmured, trying to sound brave.

"Well, you realise that after you've replaced all your Folios with paperbacks . . ."

There was a thud and I didn't hear the rest . . . .

Sings: "Four books in my basket and I'm just sale-in' along . . ."

Jun 18, 2012, 1:07pm Top

>15 letterpress:
Ooh. I did that too.


Jun 18, 2012, 2:04pm Top

>26 cronshaw:

Not exactly a tall tale, getting FAD is definitely not something to brag about. just a poor man's modest splurge.

>27 boldface:
And this is going to be an interesting thread.

Edited: Jun 18, 2012, 3:45pm Top

>27 boldface: lol! You've lost your marbling, Sir.

>29 kafkachen: Didn't think so, just covering all theoretical diagnostic categories ;)

Jun 18, 2012, 6:10pm Top

>27 boldface:
Well done Boldface!

>23 garyjbp:
I also joined in the mid 1980s, but I am obviously not as badly affected by FAD as I thought, as I only have 200 FS editions (admittedly with 9 LEs).

Joining this group is like giving sugar to a diabetic though, it fuels the fire of FAD and my FS buying has increased dramatically in the last two years as a result.

Jun 18, 2012, 10:16pm Top

> 22 & 27


Jun 18, 2012, 11:30pm Top

My Dr said I was lucky to have a hobby and an interest in books as its good for mental health. Truly. So I try to not feel so guilty when buying them because its good for me.

Jun 19, 2012, 12:26am Top

This is a very interesting thread... Almost amusing at first, but almost alarming in the end...

I just joined Folio and I was very confident that I'd be able to order the 100+ volumes that especially (or greatly) tempt me in threes and fours, each month...

Of course, in a couple of months we are talking of close to 20 volumes now; so, I am afraid I will not suceed...

Jun 19, 2012, 1:49am Top

>33 clarelouise:
Can you get your doctor to write me a prescription (to show my spouse)?


Jun 19, 2012, 4:42am Top

#35 See my last post on the Sale thread.

Jun 19, 2012, 11:50am Top

Ha ha! I love that wcarter!

Jun 19, 2012, 12:59pm Top

>37 wcarter:
Got it. I'm in trouble now!


Jun 19, 2012, 1:13pm Top

>37 wcarter:
Wait a minute! Only one a week. I see your scheme. You think you can treat my habit by enforcing a consumption limit. Who do you think you are, some kind of doctor‽


Jun 19, 2012, 1:28pm Top

37 lol

Jun 19, 2012, 2:05pm Top

>37 wcarter: You ought to tick the box 'Brand substitution not permitted', at least for the well-being of the poor dispenser.

Jun 19, 2012, 3:04pm Top

>37 wcarter: - One of the best things I've seen here in a long time - very funny. The only problem is, people might not trust it; it's too legible to have been written by a real doctor!

Jun 19, 2012, 5:38pm Top

My sister solved the moving problem for me when I moved into my present home. After everything (including a few bookshelves) was in place she told me “You’re never moving again”. And this was pre-FS, pre-disposable income for books, so I only had a couple of hundred paperbacks and a few dozen hardcovers to my name. But I’ve been here now for twenty-five years and I may just stay here forever, especially since I'd have much more than just a few boxes of books to pack and there are shelves on almost every wall in the place.

My love of books and especially FS ones is what helps me to control my diabetes. Every time I’m tempted to slack off I think of one of my most feared complications--blindness. The thought of not being able to read all of my books (and my TBR piles are huge) keeps me on the straight and narrow. Yes, my FS purchases have increased tenfold since joining this group but if it keeps me healthy it’s worth it. I’ll also have to live to be about 300 years old to catch up on my reading but in my hometown 100 is still young so there’s hope.

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