Woman suffers rare disorder that leaves her terrified of newspapersBy Mason White 12:58 PM January 29, 2014
By: Devansh Dutt
A woman is suffering from a rare disorder, a doctor in the United Kingdom said.
The woman developed a fear of newspapers after seeing her mother hit her father in the head with newspapers.
49-year-old Diane Freelove cannot stand the smell, hates to touch and cannot even look at newspaper.
Freelove of Rochester, Kent, a mother of three, has suffered from a rare condition known as chloephobia over the past 25 years.
Freelove suspects that the root of her fear lies in childhood memories.
“When I was a kid, my mother beat my father in the head with a newspaper. She did it in a playful and friendly way, but it worried me. I became afraid of newspapers gradually over the last 25 years. At first, I hated to touch it, feeling as if my hands were getting very dirty,” Freelove said.
“Today, when I think of newspapers I feel horrible,” she added.