Sweet Distress

How our love affair with feelings has fuelled the current mental health crisis (and what we can do about it)

By: Gillian Bridge


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Size: 216 x 140mm

Pages : 176

ISBN: 9781785834677

Format: Paperback

Published: March 2020


Cutting its way through the media frenzy, Sweet Distress: How our love affair with feelings has fuelled the current mental health crisis (and what we can do about it) puts emotional wellbeing and resilience centre stage.

Using an approach rooted in no-nonsense logic, author and psycholinguistic consultant Gillian Bridge delves into a range of problems which seem to be most frequently cited as sources of mental distress. These include stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, body image, eating disorders, social media, substance abuse, behavioural disorders, academic pressures and bullying.

The author explores how these issues have led to seemingly insurmountable emotional problems and takes a few potshots at some of the things that have contributed to turning life events that may, at other times or in other places, have been little more than nuisances or inconveniences into sources of genuine psychic pain.

Packed with realistic and effective takeaway strategies for parents and educators, Sweet Distress challenges under-researched but over-promoted ideology and shares evidence-based help and advice for anyone wanting to improve the mental health of those they care about.

The book focuses on offering that help in a practical way, so at the end of chapters 5–10, which deal with specific issues, there are sections of particular value to parents, would-be parents, teachers and those in the business of young people’s mental health, such as counsellors and therapists. Likewise, towards the end of the book Gillian has gathered together some selected material into ‘a call to action’ which will reiterate and reinforce some of the most practical and achievable lifestyle advice contained throughout.

Suitable for parents, educators, counsellors and therapists.


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Gillian Bridge

Gillian Bridge is a qualified teacher of English, an addiction therapist and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy who has taught, lectured and coached in the field of brain language and behaviour and has also worked in prisons and on Harley Street. Language is her medium, neuroscience her fascination, and she longs to understand what makes us humans human. Her previous book The Significance Delusion - essentially a search for the meaning of meaning - is very much the outcome of that curiosity, but Sweet Distress brings her deep love of family into the equation. What wouldn't we do, think or question in order to protect them?









Click here to see a summary of Gillian's writings in the press - in print and online.

Click here to read Gillian's feature in the Daily Express - Happy Monday: Key to happy life is defying self-aggrandisement'

Click here to read Gillian's sage advice in Prima magazine on the topic of helping pupils dealing with their GCSE results.

Click here to read Gillian's feature in the Irish Independent on Do the Terrible Twos actually exist?'.

Click here to read Gillian's article on the Express website: Terrible Twos don't exist and bad parenting is to blame'.

Click here to read Gillian's piece for The Brighton Argus: Blame parents for the terrible twos'.

Click here to read Gillian's feature on toddler tantrums' for The Mail Online.


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