I’ve now known two separate “sufferers” of this phobia, one that I’ve known for a long while but never knew this fact about him (he had probably only “talked to his doctor about it” :p)! Should I alert these folks at answers.com?* As stated in the last paragraph of their “answer”, the claim that a handful of celebrities have been known to have the disorder. Could this earn me money? Guinness Book of Records Style?
In addition, read this as you would an official definition of depression, and realize the ridiculousness. My new roommate happens to have the “rare mental condition” that my first boss also did – I once had to open a bottle of Tylenol pills for him. I didn’t do well enough the first time, I had to remove more of the cotton that lingered around the edges. I now understand how, indeed, this is not something to laugh at, but the causation of much suffering. Though I do not fear cotton, I cannot touch a wooden spoon or a corrugated cardboard paper plate without feeling an unpleasant shiver overcome my body. There is no definition for my odd phobia, but science has laid claim to the fear of cotton balls:
What is cotton ball phobia?
“Cotton Ball phobia, or sidonglobophobia, is a rare mental condition prevalent in developed countries and on the islands of the south pacific (Oceania). While it is unknown exactly which part of the brain is defective in this case, the problem likely stems from a type of crosswiring between the amygdala and the cerebral cortex, which itself resembles fluffy cotton.
Sufferers of sidonglobophobia will flee uncontrollably when confronted with cotton balls or any image or accurate representation thereof. There is as yet no cure, though it has been speculated that – as in all cases of phobia – brain surgery could provide corrective influence.
Unfortunately for sufferers, there is no longer a single square kilometer in the world free of cotton balls. Globalism and the popularity of products from America have ensured that cotton balls may crop up anywhere. Regions of greatest risk of cotton ball exposure include DR of Congo, Ottawa, and the entire southern United States.
Note: forced exposure to cotton balls will not relieve the patient, and will almost certainly cause an intensifying of the phobia, fresh trauma, and even newfound loathing for erstwhile loved ones.
Michelle Jackson, Andy Fedigan, Jojo Riffle, and Francesca Shoemaker include famous names that are said to have a case of this phobia.”* (source :takut )
…dare I say a little hyperbolic for, “What? I just don’t like cotton balls. We don’t need all this razzle-dazzle language, but I guess this is the ‘new way’. Sign of the times, way of the industry”.