My definitions of health and illness are pretty similar to those that were discussed in the lecture video. I consider “healthy” to mean that you are not sick, as in you do not suffer from a disease or illness, and I consider “illness” to be something that negatively affects your body and health for a period of time. For the “criteria” I used to define these, I tried to define the words in a way that would relate to people in my life. My cousin and aunt suffer from thyroid disease, and that is something that they will forever have to take medication for. On the other hand, I had bronchitis a while back, and that was an illness, as even though it negatively affected my health at the time, I was able to take antibiotics and recover from it.
I do not think menstruation should be considered an illness. Even though it takes it’s toll on your body every month, it is something that even healthy women get. Illnesses are considered to be unhealthy, but it’s healthy for a woman to get her period. Also, illnesses tend to be caused by viruses or bacteria, and those are what lead to the side effects of nausea or fever. Even though menstruation can cause symptoms such as nausea, it is due to hormonal shifts, and is totally natural. Therefore, I do not think it should be considered an illness.
I do think that anxiety should be considered an illness. A lot of people who struggle with anxiety often feel like others think that what is going on is “just in their head.” Therefore, I think it is important for anxiety to acknowledged as an actual mental illness so that it will be easier for people to seek the help they need. Often, anxiety flares up for people in certain situations, (such as school, social events, or driving), and it does negatively affect the mind for a period of time.