Updated: Dec 15, 2020
This week's new song:
Backwards Childhood - KM.T
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Getting tested is scary. We know it, and experience our own fears about it whether sporadically or every day. Because of that, let's skip the stats and just acknowledge the presence of STDs and the importance of getting tested and keep is moving.
The thing about getting tested is that we all have to do it. There’s always a chance that things can be scary but also the chance that everything will be as normal. The real truth is that regardless, there really is a 100% chance that everything will be OKAY.
Say it with us… everything will be OKAY.
All tests are scary. The level of fear may seem to increase when it’s an STD screening, but considering you won’t die as soon as you get your results, the fear can become just a tiny bit irrational.
Both of us here at the Black New York have had our fair share of freaking out when it comes to testing, but look at us… who woulda thought… *Paul Rudd voice*, we’re alive! And if you’re reading this with the background thought that you need to go get tested, you came to the right place because, in this episode, we share personal experiences with getting tested with full confidence, to incidents (a whole year) of health anxiety.
We want you to not only feel comfortable confronting your fears here, but we also want to encourage health in its many forms. In this one, we talk about STD screenings, but other doctors can be scary as well.
Health anxiety is REAL. According to Healthline, it’s defined as: Health anxiety is an obsessive and irrational worry about having a serious medical condition. It's also called illness anxiety and was formerly called hypochondria. This condition is marked by a person's imagination of the physical symptoms of illness.
You may find your anxiety arising before an STD screening like one of us, or while you consider if you want or need a therapist.
The mental and physical health of getting tested is one of importance and we need to approach it fearlessly to care for ourselves through whatever comes next.
But at the end of the day, you will be FINE. We promise.
Tune in and take care!
This weeks self-work (homework) assignment:
Write down all the fears you feel about getting tested or even going to the doctor in general. Then see if any of your fears you feel can be formed into a question and reword them so that they are now questions. This can be useful for when you muster up the courage to go to your appointment and ask your doctor what’s been on your mind. Then, to further make yourself comfortable, think about a friend or family member who you might feel comfortable confiding in about this. If you’re truly a solo-trooper, make a relaxing playlist of your favorite songs that could help you get through the testing process. (Also, don’t be afraid to talk about your anxiety when you go in; it preps the tester to be even a little compassionate)
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