My definition of health was the absence of disease through biological, social, and psychological aspects. My definition of illness was the biological and psychological effects felt through disease. The reason why I chose these two definitions was both are a fundamental part of the human experience, but they are shaped through societal factors. I believe the definitions come from family, media, and our own experience. Our parents are the ones who take care of us when we are sick, and try to steer us clear of things that will make us sick. We also are constantly shown “healthy” and “fit” bodies in the media, which shapes our reality when it comes to health. And finally, our own experience leads us to realize when we are not fully healthy, or doing things we know will make us feel ill in the future.
HIV should be considered a disease because it is something we inherit or obtain, and it leads to the experience of illness. Diseases are often very difficult to treat, and as well all know, HIV is incurable at the moment. When describing how someone feels, they don’t normally say “I fell HIV right now”. To me disease is something you have, where illness is something you feel because of the disease.
Anxiety should be considered an illness because it is an experience that we feel, and not likely something one would obtain, even though it is possible. Anxiety is a feeling, whereas you normally don’t “feel “ a disease. Anxiety is a tough one to categorize due to the fact that it is something that can be biologically passed on, but I feel as though it resides more in the illness category due to the fact that it is more of an experience as opposed to something some one has.