When I think of the term health I think of it holistically and that it encompasses all three components physical, mental and social well-being. As for illness, I view it only encompassing the social aspect as it’s personal experience based on how when treats it if person A and B were to have the same diseases their experiences would still be different.
One condition that stood out to me in the video was restless leg syndrome. It’s a condition that’s not really discussed as much as it should be. Also I have a personal connection with this condition as I suffer from it. It’s not a severe state but I experience in a state that it’s enough to make it noticeable sometimes among the public.
Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder that involves throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs that is uncontrollable. It becomes overwhelming sometimes that the person feels urge to move them. It’s thought that moving the leg relieves the discomfort and so this can be seen when they may pace the floor, constantly move their legs while sitting, or toss and turn in bed. Triggers for this condition vary from genetics to personal experience like stress from work or school.
It definitely constitutes as an illness because it’s a condition that isn’t cured through medication but rather the lifestyle choices one makes. This includes getting proper sleep, eating the right nutrients, exercising, etc. In my case, when I experience restless leg syndrome- I involuntary shake my leg while sitting and it’s quite fast. My tactic is simple but once I notice my leg is shaking when it shouldn’t be I try to stop myself I get up, move around, drink some water, and sit back down.
Another condition that stood out to me was anxiety. It’s getting a lot more recognition these days then it used to years ago. I strongly agree that it’s an illness because anxiety is a spectrum condition that is triggered by one’s own environment. And in this environment there are all sorts of factors like use of drugs, abusive relationships, or traumatic events.
However, I would have to disagree that poverty could be classified as an illness. I see poverty as a social aspect that influences one’s illness. This includes access to basic necessities to health care infrastructure. Poverty to me hinders how the illness progresses for an individual. It’s a measure that reflects the severity of the illness. So individuals with higher socio economic statues are more likely to experience a speedy recovery and less severe symptoms.
“Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet.” Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet. Accessed July 08, 2016. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless_legs/detail_restless_legs.htm.