Panic attacks can hit anyone at any given moment. In fact, about four out of every ten people have experienced one. But how do people cope with them? To find this out, more information is needed to understand what a panic attack actually consists of and how it is possible to overcome them from learning more about the whole disorder.What Are Panic Attacks?There is no simple way to explain the feelings that someone experiences when they have a panic attack. The attacks themselves can be totally unpredictable, and strike you with no warning, making you think that you are going mad or are even about to die. The most visual – and probably the most famous – image of an attack must be the expressionist painting, “The Scream” by the artist, Edvard Munch who was known to suffer from panic attacks. He said that the picture was inspired by feelings experienced when he was walking one day with friends by a fjord in Norway. While his friends continued walking, his whole world suddenly turned upside down as the sky seemed to turn blood red and he stood there feeling exhausted and trembling with anxiety. He sensed what he called an ‘infinite scream passing through nature’. This gives some sense to what it can be like.According to the American Psychological Association, these attacks which are intense feelings of anxiety, depression and fear can last anytime from thirty seconds to thirty minutes. They may just hit someone once in a whole lifetime but, for some other people, they can reoccur repeatedly for the rest of their lives.How To Find More Panic Attacks InformationIf you are experiencing these types of attacks, or you know someone who is, there are many ways to find out more information. Your local doctors’ surgery may stock leaflets about the subject and, of course, the library may have, or can get on request, some relevant literature. A wealth of panic attacks information, however, can be found on the Web. There are many sites, both official and unofficial, which can provide links to numerous organizations. These, in turn, will give advice and tips on good mental health.A good place to start is by using one of the many search engines with any phrase relating to panic attacks or anxiety disorder. This could include searching about the different sorts of attacks or the various ways they can be treated. Perhaps, if the thought of taking medication for an attack is too frightening to contemplate, then you could search for homeopathic remedies and change of lifestyle tips. The abundance of information out there is practically endless.All this data is good as background knowledge about the topic and can give an insight into the disorder; however, it is always advisable to seek professional help if you are suffering from any type of anxiety issue. A medical expert, either a physician or psychologist, may be able to diagnose the underlying causes for the attacks and prevent further ones from disrupting your life.
What is this thing we call art, as in Visual Arts? Is every painting, drawing, sculpture, photograph a true piece of art? Obviously, that is not the case. However, the definition of art seems to be very personal to many and there is a lot of disagreement about it. What is art to one is not art to another. It is said that art is in the eye of the beholder, as is said of beauty. But is art always beautiful? Some great pieces are far from beautiful except in the conceptualization and creation of the piece itself. Some are considered expressions of genius, of intellect and powerful ideas, rather than of beauty.It has been said that art cannot be defined; however, here is my attempt to do so. Depending upon your viewpoint, art is:
The artist’s act of producing artworks, using great skill, imagination and personal technique, to communicate to viewers certain pictures or sculptures of ideas or actual persons, places or things, including the artist’s emotional reaction to those ideas, persons, places or things, through sculpting in clay or stone, or drawing or painting upon a paper, canvas or some structure that will stand up over time.
The actual products (artworks, e.g., paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures) produced by an artist for the purposes described above.
Unusual attention to detail and expression, as in the art of communication.
The key to defining art is communication. While art is not always beautiful, to be art it must communicate something to the viewer. It could be communicating beauty, as in delicate watercolor paintings and flower paintings, as is often the case. Or, it could be communicating the horror of war, as in a dramatic black and white photograph, or the majesty of a king or queen, as in an oil portrait painting, or an idea that is out of this world, as in surrealism. It should leave the viewer with a sense that he or she has just had a glimpse into the artist’s world–what the artist was thinking and feeling at the time he or she produced the artwork.There have been many articles written that claim that art defies definition. Mostly, they are talking about the meaning of art. The meaning of art defies definition because it is personal to each of us. We may all look at the same work of art and draw very different conclusions from it as to what the artist was trying to convey. We can spend hours discussing those differences and, in fact, that is precisely what stimulates our interest in art. This is what art appreciation is all about: How to assess the meaning of the artworks we see. We want to know what others think of that painting or that photograph or that sculpture. What do they think the artist meant? Have we drawn the same conclusions? If not, why not? That’s why we often think of artwork as conversation starters.I hope I have helped some of you to define art and to debunk the idea that art cannot be defined. It is defined, here, and in every dictionary known to man! It is the meaning of art that cannot be defined.
Technology entertains us and enables us to do things we could not do before or could not do as easily. But there is a price. Each new gadget and each new program takes time to acquire, learn to use and manage.Technology is one of the greatest distractions and time consumers today. We are confronted by so many different kinds of technology: television, radio, the internet, smart phones, computers, video games, etc. Each of these takes time to acquire, learn to use, and maintain.Consider just this one factor: how much time do you spend each day, week, month managing your technology. This includes shopping for and buying new technology and software, configuring software, learning how to use new technology, downloading upgrades, fixing malfunctions, maintenance, and exploring the many options and capacities of the gadgets and software you have. If you kept track of that for just one month you may be shocked.Follow these three practices to manage your technology and prevent it from taking too much of your time:1. Weigh the Benefits vs. the Cost of Technology: Next time you are tempted to buy that new gadget or download that new program consider this time expense. Often you can get by just fine with older technology and software. As long as it works well and newer versions do not contain something that will really benefit you be cautious about updating to the newest versions. It costs you in time as well as money.2. Use the 24 Hour Rule: The next time you are tempted to download a new app or other piece of software or acquire a new device stop. Take at least 24 hours to mull over this decision. Give serious thought to the time cost of acquiring, learning to use and maintain this new technology before buying it. This will reduce the tendency to impulse buy and help you effectively manage your technology related use of time.3. Weed Out What is Not Time Justified: Technology become obsolete or at least less useful over time. It is easy to accumulate technologies that are redundant. Be ruthless in your management of devices and software. Eliminate old technology that is redundant or ineffective.Technology can make our lives easier and more productive. It can entertain us. It can also consume precious time to acquire, master and maintain. We must be intentional and prudent about what technology we acquire and keep in light of the time it will consume.Spend just 30 minutes carefully evaluating your current technology to determine if it is worth the time costs discussed here. If it is not get rid of it. You can save hours of time over a year by being more careful about what technology you acquire and keep.