Exercise and Depression – Does It Really Help?

If you are depressed, the last thing you might want to hear is that you need to start an exercise routine. Is it really necessary or worth it? According to the NHS, yes.  Their ‘exercise on prescription’ program, recommended for several conditions, has now been extended to include patients suffering depression who have not exercised in

Sympathy and Empathy – Do You Really Know the Difference?

Both empathy and sympathy are forms of having concern for another person. There seem to be varying definitions of what exactly the differences are. Dictionaries say one thing, but modern usage encompasses other angles. In psychology, empathy is focussed on as more useful than sympathy. The term empathy was in fact created by pioneers of scientific psychology in the

Mindfulness and Therapy – Is It Really the Match It’s Claimed to Be?

The NHS is now promoting mindfulness for “mental wellbeing”, and many psychotherapists are taking training courses and integrating mindfulness into their practise with clients. Why the sudden popularity? And is the combination of mindfulness and therapy  just a trend, or will it last? The Rise of Mindfulness For starters, the attention on mindfulness is not