New format edition of the best-selling first book by Dr Harry Barry. Flagging the Problem uses a new way of identifying and dealing with mental health problems using colour coded flags by a medical doctor with extensive experience in the treatment of mental health issues.
As Irish society undergoes rapid change and the pace of modern life seems ever faster, it is unsurprising that the issue of mental health has become more prominent and, thankfully, more openly discussed - and the provision of treatment better and more widely available.
Flagging The Problem: A New Approach to Mental Health is made up of five main sections. Each is marked with a coloured flag, represents a particular mental state or area of concern: Green Flag explains the normal mood system, the Red Flag deals with depression, the Yellow Flag addresses anxiety, the Purple Flag deals with addiction and the White Flag addresses the issue of suicide. There is a technical section, and extra appendices at the end of the book, including information on self-help groups and a list of commonly used medicines.
Dr Harry Barry is a medical doctor based in County Louth. He has a particular interest in the area of mental health and has extensive experience in his practice of dealing with issues such as depression, addiction and anxiety.
He regularly features on national radio and in national print to discuss mental health issues, including Today FM and The Irish Independent.
Dr Barry was moved to write the 'Flagging' series following a particularly tragic death by suicide in a local family and is absolutely committed to seeking to counteract the disruptive effects of mental illness both locally and nationally.
Have you ever come across a book that fundamentally changed your understanding of a subject? Flagging the Problem: A new approach to mental health is such a rarity. It is a superb book. It explains mood disturbances in a fresh and accessible way. I cannot recommend it highly enough, in particular to those travelling the lonely journey of mental illness, and their families.
- The Irish Times
Its that rare thing - a medical book that can be read by lay people and health professionals alike. Dr Barry demystifies subjects that touch so many of our lives and he does so with compassion, wisdom and vast professional knowledge.
- Author Cathy Kelly
Having read Flagging the Problem, I now have a much better understanding of why Niall died. This book is written in very simple terms, exploring the complex nature of depression and suicidal tendencies. It is a ‘must read’ for every parent, informing them of the tell-tale warning signs of depression and suicide.
- John, father of Niall, who died by suicide in 2002