Here is some reading on the fluorescent lighting/anxiety connection...
Fluorescent Lighting and Panic Attacks in People With Panic Disorder
People with panic disorder have often reported panic attacks triggered by entering stores with fluorescent lighting. Panic attacks that occur under this scenario may be the result of a visual trigger, rather than the result of EMFs.
Two of the symptoms of panic attacks are derealization and depersonalization, or feelings of unreality. Depersonalization and derealization are caused by shallow breathing that results in chemical changes in the body. When this occurs, people report that things around them look a bit different.
The look of things in a department store under fluorescent lighting can resemble the way things look when a person is experiencing depersonalization or derealization. This visual cue can trigger a panic attack by causing the body to react as if it is in danger.
Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_5534505_effects-compact-fluorescent-lights-emotions.html
When I tell clients that that fluorescent lights can be an anxiety trigger some give me an odd look, but the clients who nod emphatically in agreement are generally teachers. That's because they've already discovered that one quick way to calm down a classroom of antsy students is to turn off the overhead fluorescent lights!
Traditional light bulbs appear "warmer," more like natural sunlight (there's more red light waves and less blue than fluorescent light). This characteristic is probably why most of us prefer incandescent lighting. Some people claim that the cycle of electricity in fluorescent lighting can be seen (as a "flickering" of the 60 cycle electricity), which would certainly be bothersome. More seriously, the flickering of fluorescent lights as been cited as the cause of seizures in people with a specific type of epilepsy known as "reflex epilepsy."
Take notice how you feel when in a room with fluorescent lighting. What do you feel? Some people are fine with it and actually like it. Many others, myself included, just don't like it and prefer incandescent lighting. Still others feel anxiety symptoms in response to the lights. If you feel anxiety symptoms, be sure to rule out other possible triggers in the environment before concluding that fluorescent lights truly bother you.
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 11/26/2014 10:20:48 AM (GMT-7)