For many years, mental illness was a taboo subject in Ireland. Happily, many of the inhibitions which once surrounded it have been swept away in recent years. It remains, however, a troubling and often misunderstood area. This book is an overview of the subject which examines the different forms of mental or psychological disorder and analyzes how they affect Irish people today. Based on an RTE radio series which generated a great deal of public interest when it was first broadcast last year, it brings together some of the country's most distinguished medical practitioners in the field. The book is written by specialists for non-specialists. It highlights hidden problems in a manner which helps to overcome popular fears and superstitions and offers a clear layman's guide to mental illness and its place in modern Ireland. Most of all, its tone is positive and enlightening.