Social Health and Wellness

The definition of normal is something that seems to be relative in different fields yet it is quite straightforward. A person who is in a normal and ideal state of health is someone who is free from physical pain and who also has a feeling of well-being.

If the person is not able to be free from physical pain then it means that there is something wrong about him. For example, the discomfort that a patient may be feeling is tantamount to the body telling that person that there is something terribly wrong with that person’s health.

This is one of the greatest indicators of someone not being healthy when there is a feeling of discomfort that the person feels. If this is not immediately addressed then this particular health condition might be either detrimental or even fatal to the person.

If a person is not healthy, he or she will be unable to fulfill the social roles that he is supposed to do. Different studies estimate that about 20% of the population has a mental illness which is grave enough to have them considered for DSM diagnosis.

The New York times also said that: "More than 16 percent of Americans as many as 35 million people – suffer from depression severe enough to warrant treatment at some time in their lives, according to the National Comorbidity Study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and published today in a special issue on depression of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

In any given one-year period, 13 million to 14 million people, about 6.6 percent of the nation, experience the illness." It was also taken from the article that: "Depression costs employers $44 billion a year in lost productive time, according to a second survey reported in the same issue of the journal. That figure is $31 billion more than the amount lost because of illnesses in people who do not have depression."

Clearly, if the patient who is diagnosed to be a diabetic and an obese person is not able to fulfill their roles in the society that well, it may well lead to depression which will only aggravate their condition and further add to their instability.

The issue of health and wellness has a lot of varying outlooks. There are now supplementary conceptualizations of health and wellness which primarily focus on emphasizing the presence of diseases or number of days of experienced and observed symptoms.

For disabled persons such as ones who are suffering from obesity, these observed and experienced symptoms may happen since birth for genetic disabilities or from the acquisition and development of the disability such as after accident or those American returning from war with vision, hearing and mental defects altogether giving rise to expanded medicalization of disability.

One should remember that individual lifestyle behaviors can improve health and wellness. The associations are well known between smoking and lung cancer, alcohol or drug use and cardiovascular problems, hypertension and stroke, and being overweight and sedentary and experiencing diabetes and cardiovascular problems.


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