Health – the measure of your physical capabilities and psychological/emotional state.
Illness – anything that can hinder the body or mind from performing its intended natural abilities.
When taking a step back and thinking of the criteria I used for my definitions, I referenced experiences from my life, such as going to the doctor, interaction with family and even from previous coursework. I think anything that stops the body from working the way its supposed to is an illness. I also believe that people sometimes have habits or actions that can lead to illness of the mind and/or the body.
Anxiety – I believe this can be considered an illness because it can affect your mental state and sometimes in extreme cases your physical state. Anxiety by definition (using google and dictionary.com) is uneasiness of the mind caused by fear, danger, or worry. For example, this can be taxing on the mind because all you focus on is what you worry about and sometimes when people worry too much they stop eating or start eating too much and are constantly on edge. This then becomes a problem for your physical health too.
Menstruation – I do not consider this a disease because it is a natural occurrence for most women. It is a natural process for the body and although I’m pretty sure some women do not enjoy the side effects it has been explained medically and is necessary for the reproductive cycle. I have heard that some women do not experience period such as those in nomadic tribes in Africa, but they are also said to have low childbirth rates because of their lack of menstruation.
Poverty – I do not consider this an illness, but more of a socioeconomic problem. Living in poverty does not necessarily affect one’s physical state directly. I do, however, think that it can be the cause of illnesses. Poverty can lead to hunger and having no nutrition can cause issues in the body like edema. Poverty can affect mental states.