To me, health is when a person’s physical or mental state lacks any type of illness. Illness, on the other hand, is when a person’s physical or mental state contains any kind of sickness. The criteria I used are basically whether or not one is sick. This comes from your surroundings, which includes a multitude of things. Your parents play a major role in shaping your life from before you are born. Your friends and classmates play a part in how you develop on a social scale.
Fertility is a condition I had a hard time deciding on whether or not it can be termed an illness. It is a condition that has a negative effect on your life. A part of your body cannot function the way it was meant to, but does that mean it is a sickness? Following my own definition of illness, I finally came to the conclusion that infertility is not technically an illness, but rather a condition of the body that results in not being able to have children.
In contrast, I found menstruation much easier to analyze. Menstruation can produce symptoms that are also caused by illnesses, such as headaches, moodiness, backaches, cramps, and even vomiting. In my opinion, however, menstruation itself is not an illness. It is a role in the female reproductive system. It has an actual purpose in the reproductive system; therefore it is not an illness.
Anxiety was another condition on the list that I found difficult to categorize. I thought about what anxiety is and what causes it. It is a condition of the brain in which there are low levels of serotonin, resulting in a person to be overly anxious about seemingly meaningless things. Therefore, I decided anxiety is in fact an illness, because the body is not producing enough of a specific neurotransmitter and the effects it has on a person’s life can be devastating.