The word health brings to mind an overall balance of mind, body, and spirit. In order for one to be “healthy,” one must be rid of ANY factor that influences these in a negative way. Therefore health is more so a state of mind, unique to each individual, and a matter of the individual’s perception.
Illness is more so related to the physical aspect of a human and is not SOLELY based on perception, but definitely subject to influence by ones’s perception. Illness is anything that harms the body or removes the body from its state of homeostasis.
Like everything else in our world, these criteria were most definitely influenced by the media and society as a whole. Although the actual IDEA of illness is a thing of the ages (existing as long as any living creature was around), it’s definition has been skewed and altered by different situations and aspects of society, the same applies to health as well.
Cancer- As I mentioned before an illness is anything that disrupts the bodies homeostasis and harms the body. This is exactly the mindset I have used to determine that cancer is in fact an illness seeing as how it takes a toll on both the mental and physical aspect of a person.
ADHD- ADHD on the other hand is something that I’ve been very interested in recently. It seems to have grown very “popular” recently especially in my generation and those before me. I have seen adderrall used and abused and it has brought some questions to mind. Although I am by no means making accusations or false claims, I have doubts that ADHD is an actual illness seeing as how it does not physically harm one’s body. As I said though, I need further information and research and that is why I’ve chosen this as my topic in hopes of learning more about it.