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Woman suffers rare disorder that leaves her terrified of newspapers

By Mason White 12:58 PM January 29, 2014
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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.