Posted: 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
By Rick Couri
It’s called automatonophobia and it simply means a fear of puppets. But in the case of one mother it comes down to something more specific.
Lindsay Broom has suffered from the rare malady since she was five years old and her case is is somewhat unique.
She’s deathly afraid of Muppets.
Yep, she can’t handle being in the same room with or even seeing Kermit the Frog or Miss Piggy.
Even Burt and Ernie are to be feared.
For Lindsay, the situation is paralyzing and affects her family.
Lindsay told The Daily Mail she has three young kids and one is old enough to choose her own toys. That, she said, could be a disaster.
“She can have whatever she wants, of course. But I'm terrified she'll choose a Kermit the Frog doll, because I know I won't be able to live with it.”
Lindsay explained further “I'm fine with most puppets. It's only The Muppets, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock I can't stand.”
There isn’t a “cure” for automatonophobia but doctors say they can treat patients with hypnosis, medication and at times psychoanalysis therapy.
The situation that Broom believes led to her condition is creepy.