The way that I define health and illness is a way that looks at the terms as two entirely different meanings, in that health to me is a status. You possess your health. And the quality of your health is determined in the way that you take care of yourself. You can never lose your health, but you can have very poor health. Illness on the other hand is something that ails you. Illness can be a virus, a disease, a bacterial infection, or any other thing that lowers your health. Illness is what makes peoples health dwindle. I think that I got these definitions from University and growing up in a family that has a very medical background. My sister and mother are both nurses, so when it comes to health I really didn’t have a choice in making my own definitions. ADHD I do think that it is an illness. As someone with ADHD I can defiantly say that all my life have really had to try and force myself to do school work. I have taken medication for it in the past but I didn’t like how it made me feel. But I would say that yes ADHD is defiantly an illness. The other is Migraines, and yes they are an illness. My opinion was formed this way because my sister suffers from crippling migraines and they make her bedridden for their duration. The way that hey effected her life is the main reason i would consider it an illness. Again the way I see illness is as something that lowers ones health and or quality of life in a biological sense. So ADHD and Migraines are in my eyes both considered illnesses and should be treated with the same respect as another disease or illness. This is my view on health and illness.