Before I was asked to give the word health a definition I was completely confident in my understanding and use of the word. Having to come up with a way to define what health or being healthy was proved to be more difficult than I would have imagined. I guess I think of being healthy as a feeling and that is hard to put into words. I settled on defining health as a state of being where an individual experiences no physical, mental or social discomfort and has all their physiological processes operating without external aide. I came up with this definition based on previous experience, my familial background and society. I consider myself a healthy person because like the video stated, I am not currently taking any pills for any ailments, I exercise regularly and consider myself physically and emotionally fit. I’m not overly sad or emotional without reason.
From the definitions given for illness and disease it was a little easy to sort out the list but there were a couple illnesses I had a little trouble placing in that category without hesitation. Illness was defined as the human experience and perceptions in the alterations in health, I placed old age in this category because even though I agree that it is a normal progression and occurrence of life most “diseases” associated with old age i believe are only perceptions of the individuals.
I also placed poverty in this category after careful consideration. I don’t think poverty is only in one’s mind, it is a real life situation that unfortunately many people face and it also has physical manifestations in the way of clothing and lifestyle but i do not believe that these can cause a person disease (to a certain degree). My last debate was with Erectile Dysfunction. I ended up placing this in the illness category but i’m not 100% behind that. It does have physical manifestations (or lack of…) but I think it stems from what goes on with the individuals psyche.