As I mentioned in my reflection post, the distinction between health and illness is obvious to me. My definition of disease is something you can “catch” for lack of a better word from other people who have it or an area that is home to it and isn’t as easy, maybe even impossible, to get ride of. An illness is basically being “under the weather” or “having a bug” and is something that one can get from just everyday life and is relatively easy to get rid of. I think these criteria came from a mix of school, the media and family. In school we learn about all kind of things that put one image in your head and then the media tries to change the publics opinion by “glamorizing” or “sugar coating” things. My family also played a role because they are full of their own thoughts and opinions that are things I grew up listening to. I think all three of these put together helped me shape my own opinions and beliefs about these topics to ultimately get to the definitions I have stated.
Of the conditions given in the activity video I think anxiety and sadness are two that could stir up some conversation. I first believe that anxiety should be considered an illness because it’s something in my opinion that you can experience from the strain of everyday life but may not necessarily be able to get ride of easily. It is a condition that can come about because of family, school, the news or honestly anything and can be helped with prescriptions or over the counter drugs. On the opposite side of it I believe sadness should not be considered an illness because to me it’s an emotion that can be brought on by everyday events but is not something that lasts a long time or is helped by taking prescriptions or over the counter drugs. I would argue that depression should be considered and illness but not sadness.