A 27-year-old man has never kissed a woman because of his phobia of the opposite sex.
Neil Dando, from West Sussex, suffers from chronic “loveshyness”, a psychological condition which means he cannot approach a girl without becoming a nervous wreck and suffering extreme anxiety attacks.
He fears his bizarre trauma means he will never be able to develop a serious relationship.
His problem is not a registered condition but the name for the condition was created by American professor Brian Gilmartin in his book, Shyness and Love: Causes, Consequences and Treatment. Mr Dando stumbled across the diagnosis when he was surfing the internet.
Professor Gilmartin claims the condition affects 1.7 million men in the US.