In August 2010 I created a series of posters that tried to define 7 Mental Disorders. My aim was to start a dialogue in the digitally savvy community and hopefully raise awareness by spreading the posters. As a long term goal I wanted to involve a mental health charity. I shelved the project due to time constraints.
I have since decided to remove one poster from the series. Here’s why.
As part of this series I included Gender Indentity Disorder (GID). A number of people have expressed discomfort with the definition of GID as a disorder. Here are a few of the comments:
‘I would like to throw it out there that I don’t view my gender identity as a disorder. I am not ill nor do I need to be cured. There are likely others out there who have ‘mental disorders’ who feel the same way.’
‘Gender Identity disorder is actually really offensive to trans people. When was the last time you heard of a mental disorder being cured by plastic surgery? That’s because G.I.D is not really a disorder.’
‘I’m in line with some others here though, that “Gender Identity Disorder” is along the lines of how homosexuals are often interpreted as needing spiritual counseling to “reform”.’
I would like to apologise for the inclusion of GID in this poster series and to anyone that I may have offended.
My research was based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and I didn’t challenge any of the definitions before commiting them to design. Perhaps I should have.
After reflection and more research I now consider the definition of GID as a disorder, to be incorrect. I haven’t thought about this subject at great length before, so it has been interesting to challenge my own perceptions.
I have learned something valuable in this process. I hope that you will too.
# Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM, DSM IV, gender identity, GID