Raghad F. KhorshidMedical Intern in King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia
Title: The Effect of Fluorescent Light on Anxiety Patients
Anxiety is an emotion recognized by a feeling of tension and agitation along with physiological excitement. According to the DSM-5, there are numerous types of anxiety disorders. Several factors could influence the moods, emotions, and behaviors of patients with anxiety disorders. One of these factors include exposure to different lightings.
In lots of working environments, fluorescent lights are the most dominant light source. Therefore, it has been proven that fluorescent lights have different effects on individuals such as increasing alertness and disturbing the Circadian rhythm. Thus, it would be beneficial to know whether it would impact patients with anxiety disorders.
This research determined whether fluorescent light caused discomfort and amplified anxiety symptoms in anxiety patients in comparison to healthy individuals. In other words, the purpose is to determine the effect of fluorescent light on anxiety patients.
The study design was a comparative cross-sectional. Two questionnaires were used. The first questionnaire, which was the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview, screened participants for mental disorders. The second questionnaire, self-administered, included questions regarding the effects of fluorescent light on participants.
The study was conducted in the clinics of King Abdulaziz Medical City in Jeddah between July and November 2019. The sample size was 206 and a non-probability consecutive sampling technique was used.
The statistical tests included Chi square and one-way ANOVA. 75.0% of participants with anxiety disorders agreed that they do not feel comfortable with the lighting of this clinic more than healthy participants, which were 25.0% (p = 0.007).
When exposed to a room with fluorescent lighting, more participants with anxiety disorders would try to adapt to the lights (66.7%) or leave the room (73.7%) than healthy participants (p= 0.007). In conclusion, participants with anxiety disorders are affected by fluorescent light more than healthy participants.
Raghad Khorshid has completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the age of 24 from King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Raghad has graduated with a first honors degree and has been dean listed. Raghad is currently training as a medical intern. She has applied for a Psychiatry