New Word #120
well-being: being healthy and happy
indisposed: unwell in one’s health.
wholesome: conducive to or suggestive of good health and physical well-being.
healthy vs. hearty vs. healthful: These three words all mean being healthy, but I particularly like the last word, for the simple reason that it sounds like a word that’s created by a non-native speaker, although of course it is not.
sound vs. unsound: The word sound and its antonym unsound are often used to describe an argument or a financial situation. However sometimes they are also used to describe health–the word sound is used to refer to good health in body and mind, and the word unsound is used to refer to bad health in body and mind.
neurosis: a relatively mild mental illness caused by stress or depression.
valetudinarian: a person who is unduly anxious about their health. If you want to know the “three long vales in English”, here is my post.
hypochondriac: a person who is abnormally anxious about their health.
under the weather: slightly unwell or in low spirits.
complexion: the natural color, texture, and appearance of a person’s skin, especially of the face.
- healthy complexion vs. unhealthy complexion
- ruddy: (of a person’s face) having a healthy red color.
- pallid or pallor: (of a person’s face) pale, typically because of poor health.
- jaundice: a medical condition with yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
- glowing: a healthy color to the face
- haggard: looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering.
- sallow: (of a person’s face or complexion) of an unhealthy yellow.
- reddened: make or become red, due to crying or anger
- blemish: a small imperfection on the skin
- tanned: having brown or darkened skin after exposure to the sun.
“A person who’s in good health but imagines being ill”: There’s no word for this. However I know some people who would like to go to doctors to feel that they are being taken care of. So they don’t really have any illnesses but they tend to think they are unwell.
“A person who’s sick but pretend to be normal”: There’s no word for this. However I’ve witnessed people with illnesses who refuse to acknowledge it, especially mental problems. Actually I know at least a couple of people who would go to doctors very often to complain about their physical illnesses and would talk incessantly about their physical indispositions from acid reflux, migraine, insomnia to neurosis. However they refuse to think they actually suffer from mental issues at all. As an amateur psychiatrist, I have given my secret diagnosis that I dare not reveal to them–they grew up under typical narcissistic parents who ruined their mental health for life. As adults, they think they are mentally sound and rational, but they are not. They don’t realize it and I will never broach this topic with them for fear of their rejection and denial although I am dying to broach this topic.