I originally defined health as being “disease free” and feeling physically well. I also defined illness as having a particular disease and not feeling physically well. After watching the lectures and reading the articles, I realized that my definition of health should be somewhat revised and also include being of sound mind, body and spirit. Therefore, my revised definition of illness is “having a certain disease, whether mental, emotional or physical, that interfere’s with one’s life and how they are able to function.” This definition of illness would include all mental and emotional illnesses as well, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders etc. Therefore, anxiety would be an illness. Anxiety does interfere with one’s everyday life and affects them mentally, emotionally and physically. Anxiety is also a condition that we cannot always control like most other physical diseases. I believe that we learn these definitions of health and illness from our family and peers when we are young, and we carry these beliefs with us throughout our life even if it is subconsciously. We are also very much influenced by the media whether we realize it or not. In the past and somewhat still today, a lot of television shows portrayed mental illness in patients very negatively and those patients were seen as “sick,” but being not mentally stable. So our understanding of illness became being physically (not mentally) sick or not, and we did not see those with mental illness as equal to us or other people with an actual “disease.” Depression would also be considered an illness. Depression affects one’s mind and body while also making it difficult to function in society. I believe if more people had the same views of health and illness, then those suffering from mental and emotional diseases would not be seen differently than other people who are ill. There would not be a stigma attached to mental illness like there is in some areas today.