Health and illness can be described in many different ways. I think the way your differentiate the two is based on what you’ve been through and experienced and also the culture you are in. I believe health is a state of well-being in which you are not sick with a virus, bacterial infection, or disease. Some people will go further and say that health is being within a certain body fat percentage or eating the correct amount of calories and nutrients, but I think health is a much more broad term. Illness is a feeling or experience when your body is under immune or another system attack. In this sense, I think disease is included in the term illness. My idea of the two terms comes from my family lifestyle. I know parents that would keep their kids home from school if they sneezed in the morning, but that was very different in my house. My parents always said “if you’re not throwing up, you’re fine.” Lots of people dramatize illness when its not necessary.
The topic I chose was ADHD. I chose this because ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I think the grey area comes into play with the word “disorder”. This condition is tested for, recognized in schools and society, and has many different treatments. I never know whether to match disorders with illnesses or to match them along side of diseases. People with ADHD struggle with it in their day to day lives and have reoccurring symptoms so I believe it is closer to a disease than an illness. I also chose infertility. I do not believe this is an illness but rather a condition. Although those who are infertile suffer in a different way, I wouldn’t consider then “ill”. They aren’t suffering from day to day symptoms.