Mallsickness: when glaring/flashing lights, fluorescent colours, horrible music with thumping bass, tangible clouds of transfat
, bleeping, clattering, squeaking, scratching, screaming obnoxious children
and bewildering crowds of fat noisy adults
make you physically unwell (nausea
, dizziness, headache, sudden exhaustion) from sensory overload
Most common in public places: malls, obviously, but also amusement parks, fairgrounds, circuses, cinemas, casinos, fast food restaurants, canteens, parties, clubs, open-plan offices, anywhere within a school (even, or perhaps especially, the goddamn bathrooms)
Symptoms vary individually and onset can range from 5 min. after initial exposure to 3 hours.
Not mentioned in any first aid course...but it should be.
"Ugh, enough. Fifteen minutes in this department store and I'm already mallsick. I need to sit down."
"Hey, look at that guy over there clutching a clothing rack for support! Judging from his pallor and his deer-in-headlights expression, he is having an acute attack of mallsickness. We need to get him out of here, sit him down somewhere quiet, and give him a fruit smoothie."