My definition of health would be the overall well being of body and mind. Homeostasis is maintained in a healthy person. They are free from disease both mentally and physically. Illness is when the homeostasis of the body is interrupted. In my past I’ve used illness to describe more of a short term condition, rather than a chronic disease. Illness would be any physical or mental condition that impacts the well being of the body. I have gathered these definitions from friends and family, media and my own hands on experience in healthcare.
Based on my criteria I would have to say infertility would not be classified as an illness. To my understanding infertility wouldn’t impact the ability to live a full life and the homeostasis of the body would be relatively uninterrupted. After reading the material for this week I would have to say my past understanding of illness would be wrong. Infertility not is a physical condition but can have a mental effect as well. The class definition of illness includes human experience/perceptions and cultural context, which could both be affected by infertility. Therefore, I would have to consider infertility an illness.
I classified anxiety as an illness because there can be very extreme debilitating conditions of anxiety. These conditions can really affect the human experience. I do believe that we all experience some form of anxiety in our lives but the inability to properly and effectively cope and tackle the anxiety is where the illness lies.
To me illness is becoming a broader term, the only two form the list I had trouble classifying as an illness were shyness and menstruation. I didn’t classify them as an illness because of the number of people that experience shyness and menstruation almost make it a social norm. However I’m sure there are cases of menstruation and shyness where the “conditions” are debilitating in some way, whether that be short term or chronic that might justify for classification of an illness. I may have to broad of a classification but adding the human experience and social/cultural context really opens up for a lot of discussion.