When asked to define health, I decided that my definition of health is the general well being of a person’s body and mind, and being free from diseases and illnesses. Illness to me is a condition that impairs the normal function of the body, potentially having a negative effect on the body. Illness could effect carrying out every day tasks because your body is not functioning like normal. My definitions for this activity were based off of my criteria in personal experiences and the media/social experiences as well.
Based off of my criteria and definition of illness, I had a difficult time deciding whether menstruation would be classified an illness or not. The first time I thought about it, I wrote down “illness” because menstruation is normally known to cause discomfort/fatigue, which is a negative thing. But when thinking about it later, I decided that menstruation is something that all women experience in their lifetime, so I do not consider it an illness. In fact, I would consider the lack of menstruation more of an illness than menstruation itself, since it is something that naturally happens in the body. Men also go through puberty, it is just expressed differently, but people do not consider that an illness in males. Menstruation is simply a part of being a woman, not an illness in the body.
Another condition from the list in the lecture that I debated on was shyness. I do not believe that shyness is technically an illness because it does not directly harm the body or keep it from functioning normally, it really just is a trait a person can posses. A person can be shy and timid all the while being a very healthy human being in a good state of body and mind. Being shy is more of a characteristic than an illness to me.