Louisa Francis suffers from Koumpounophobia, a bizarre yet entirely genuine phobia of buttons.
Louisa developed her unusual fear at the age of seven, after a childhood game involving buttons terrified her so much that she had to flee.
Since then, Louisa has spent her life trying to avoid coming into contact with buttons. She recalled one particular incident to The Sun newspaper:
“The worst incident was when I was in Asda, and the checkout woman was wearing a blouse with a cardigan on over the top, and she was also wearing bracelets made of buttons.
“Her button bracelets were coming closer towards me every time she scanned my shopping, and I couldn’t stay calm.
“Everyone was looking at me and I just panicked and had to run out without my shopping.” She said.
The mum-of-one also refuses to buy button-laden clothes for either herself or for her daughter where possible, preferring options with zips.
Louisa explains how she struggles to iron her daughters clothing if there are any buttons, even though she knows the fear is irrational.
She told The Sun newspaper that she hopes to overcome her unusual phobia by training to become a counsellor.
According to Louisa, since beginning her part-time foundation degree in counselling, she feels that she is more able to manage her condition through the use of various coping mechanisms learnt.
“It still makes me feel uncomfortable but I can now distract myself if it’s just on someone’s shirt, however if it starts coming towards me I still panic.” She said.
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