The woman, who goes by the alias Rose Bretécher, said she first started to see sexual imagery in everyday objects, and people, when she was just a teenager.
Bretecher said she had feared that she was a paedophile, having conjured images of a naked child inside her mind.
She also told how Jake Gyllenhaal’s face morphed into a “chubby vagina”, whilst crevices on the face of a mountain became vagina upon vagina during a Ray Mears documentary.
The condition worsened and the 29-year-old said it ruled her life 24 hours a day, seven days a week, leading her to break up with a then boyfriend, drop out of university, and even contemplate suicide.
Then after suffering in silence for years Bretécher, with a little help from the internet, found information on the condition called ‘Pure O’ and self-diagnosed before seeking further help.
She told the Mirror:
Hardly able to breathe, gasped as I read my symptoms.
Repetitive distressing thoughts? Check.
Thoughts antithetical to desires? Check.
Extreme anxiety? Inability to dismiss thoughts? Constant rumination? Check. Check. Check.
This was it. The proof that I was neither a closet case nor a homophobe, that I’d never been a paedophile. I was just ill. I had a diagnosis.”
She says was then treated by an American doctor via skype who repeatedly made her visually confront sexually explicit material. The therapy is known as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
Apparently it did the trick and her obsession with sex has diminished, although accepting herself as “mentally fragile”, Bretécher has supposedly now become obsessed with buildings and the fear they could fall at any moment.
The self-proclaimed catastrophist has also released a book discussing the struggles and experiences caused by the condition.