My definition of health is the state of well being in regard to your body and your mind. I believe illness can be defined as your perception of your body feeling abnormal or not baseline. The criteria that I used when evaluating whether something was considered an illness or not was based off of a combination of factors. When the terms cancer, anxiety, the flu, and migraines were mentioned, I related to personal experience to categorize them into illnesses, as these are all illnesses that someone in my family has experienced. Menstruation was something that I instantly thought of previous coursework and just general knowledge as being a normal cycle that involves bleeding and occurs in a females body every month to prepare for pregnancy.
Certain terms such as spirit possession and restless leg syndrome led me to think of the media when deciding which criteria to use. I think that “spirit possession” came from the mainstream media and was used as a method to create horror films that involve exorcism and such. It was a successful idea to create these movies because some people will believe that it is actually possible for demons or spirits can take control of a human body. Based off of my opinion, I do not think that spirit possession should be considered as an illness because it something that cannot be diagnosed by a medical professional nor can it be treated by them. In horror films they show priests treating the “possessed” individual, however I do not think this is something that is realistic.
ADHD is a condition that involves hyperactivity, impulsivity, and attention deficits in an individual. I believe that this is an illness due to the fact that it can have an affect on an individuals ability to learn and perform every day duties. If someone has this condition and does not seek treatment for it, it can potentially be harmful to themselves and prevent them from being as productive and alert as they could be.