Diane Freelove, 49, of Rochester, England, said she has suffered from chloephobia, the fear of newspapers, for about 25 years and she can't stand the look, smell or touch of a newspaper, the Mirror reported Tuesday.
"When I visit a shop I walk as far away as I can from the newsstand," Freelove said. "I can't go anywhere near someone who has got one, and if they approach me, I freak out. At one time I could touch a newspaper as long as I knew I could wash my hands thoroughly afterwards. But now I can't even look at them.
"I don't like the feel of them -- if I touch a newspaper it feels like my skin is crawling. And I can't stand the smell, which I think is quite strong and distinctive," she said.
Freelove said the fear probably started in her childhood.
"When I was a child, my mother hit my father over the head with a newspaper. She did it in a playful, friendly way, but it worried me," she said. "I became afraid of newspapers over the past 25 years."
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