I defined health as the biological, physical, and psychological state of a person. I defined illness as any condition or disease that affects the biological, physical, or psychological wellness of a person. I think these definitions come from my belief that the health of an individual should be viewed from a holistic approach rather than just strictly the biological state of a person. I have come to lean towards this approach towards health because I have been gearing my studies towards getting into an osteopathic school of medicine, and so the courses and the experiences I have had have taught me the importance of looking at the individuals health as a composition of these different aspects of their wellbeing rather than just whether or not they are exhibiting a set of symptoms.
I pretty much viewed all of these conditions as illnesses based on my definition because all of these conditions affected either one or all of the different states of an individual’s well being whether it was psychological, physical, or biological. The one condition I had the hardest time categorizing as an illness or not was menstruation. I ended up categorizing it as an illness because although it only affects an individually mildly and temporarily it still does have an effect on an individual’s physical, biological, and psychological state of well being.
I categorized anxiety as an illness because it definitely affects the physical and psychological state of an individual. For example, a person with anxiety may physically feel like their life is endangered most of the day. Due to this others may judge this person, and this individual will begin to question whether or not they are sane which will affect their psychological well being. I categorized ADHD as an illness because it definitely effects the physical, and psychological state of a person. For example, a person with ADHD physically has a hard time focusing on a given activity and because of this may view themselves in a negative light. I categorized cancer as an illness because this will affect this individual’s physical, biological, and psychological well being. For example, a person diagnosed with cancer will have to undergo a certain schedule of treatments that will most likely prevent them from doing some things that they had previously planned on doing, and as a result they may view themselves differently ultimately affecting both their physical and psychological well being.