Health, according to the World Health Organization, is “the condition of being fit and capable of carrying out ordinary functions”. A variety of other definitions have also been used over the years. In some instances, health is defined as the state that an individual has when he meets the minimum acceptable level of health for his sex, age and physical condition. In other instances, it is considered to be a state of total well-being, which includes physical, emotional, social, and professional aspects.
The term “personal health” has become a more common expression over the last few years. It denotes the quality of life that you experience and can experience. It can be impacted by the quality of your physical life such as whether you are able to get enough rest and exercise regularly. It can also be impacted by the quality of your mental health such as the ability to concentrate and be persistent during work or school. On the other hand, the term “personal health” can also be used in a broader sense that encompasses a persons’ total health and concerns about their self-image and acceptance by others.
A major component of determining a persons’ health status is through the measurement and evaluation of his or her current physical status and circumstances. These determinants are viewed within the framework of the theory of determinants or elements. This framework maintains that there are four major elements that are included within the determinant theory. They are somatic, physiological, behavioral, and environmental.
Somatic determinants pertain to a persons’ mental and physical well being through his or her responses to environmental factors. For instance, people with somatic problems are those who are unable to get enough sleep. By examining their sleep patterns, you can determine that they are not getting sufficient rest and are experiencing difficulties with daytime functioning and memory loss. The elements of somatic health are therefore comprised of the mental, physical, and social aspects.
Another element of determinants is through their responses to various health conditions or diseases. Mental diseases include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. As for physical disorders, these include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and pregnancy complications.
A final category of elements considered in determining health status is through the public health perspective. This is the area that addresses the development and promotion of good life course habits. These habits are important to one’s mental, physical, and social well-being. Managing disease then refers to interventions conducted on a person to promote health. This may include changes in lifestyle or medical interventions for example.