When I first tried to define health and illness in my own words, I struggled to distinguish between the two. After going through the conditions and determining whether they were an illness or health I successfully came to a conclusion.
My definition of health is not having a disease or an illness. Also, health pertains to someone’s mental and physical conditions. Health means for the body, physically and mentally, to be working together correctly. On the other hand, illness is where the body and mind are impacted negatively, thus the body is not able to work in sync.
My idea of health and illness mainly come from the media. The media is constantly trying to portray what is meant to be healthy and what is not. For example, many commercials will say that you need to eat a certain amount of servings of fruits and vegetables each day to be “healthy.” But what if the person needs more then the recommended serving for their body to work properly and be healthy? In addition to the media, I find personal experience to play a role in our ideas of health and illness. Having studied human biology and taken many classes on the human body, many of my ideas come from the classes I have taken such as physiology and anatomy.
Insomnia is an unhealthy state, which I find to be an illness. Insomnia is a disorder, which interrupts someone’s normal sleep cycle. Insomnia is caused by an imbalance of hormones and chemicals in the body. Many treatments aim to normalize this imbalance.
Menstruation is a healthy state. Menstruation is part of a normal female monthly cycle. Regardless of the pain women may feel during this cycle, it is still not considered a negative or abnormal phenomenon. It produces normal bodily chemicals that allow women to stay healthy. For example, the hormone estrogen helps maintain strong bones.