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Paige Pradko is a licensed psychotherapist located in Rochester, Michigan. Paige specializes in treating people with anxiety disorders, panic, health anxiety, and OCD.

Paige has treated thousands of people with anxiety disorders and OCD over the past 20 years. Due to the shortage of trained specialists and the lack of access to care, Paige is passionate about providing mental health resources and support to those in need. Paige does this by providing individual therapy and consultations, sharing mental health help and information on her YouTube Channel and social media, speaking about mental health topics on podcasts, radio, and other media outlets and offering evidence-based online courses and support groups.

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Paige Pradko is a licensed, board-certified, psychotherapist who practices in Rochester, Michigan. Paige specializes in treating people with anxiety disorders, panic, health anxiety, and OCD. 

Paige has treated thousands of people for the past 20 years and is passionate about making mental health help and support available to those in need. She has expanded from her private practice to provide help on a more global scale. Paige’s mission is to provide mental health resources, teaching, and support to people with anxiety disorders, health anxiety, and OCD, who desperately need help. Paige is an International OCD Foundation therapist and a trained Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) therapist in ERP. Paige also has advanced training in ACT, CBT, Gottman Couple’s Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. 

Paige has a mission to share evidence-based, mental health care by providing treatment, education, and self-help options. She does this through offering individual therapy and consultations, sharing mental health education on her YouTube channel and social media, and speaking on mental health topics on podcasts, radio, and other media outlets. Paige also offers evidence-based, online therapy courses and support groups where she guides people step-by-step through therapy techniques like ERP for OCD, Health Anxiety, Panic, and Agoraphobia.

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Paige Pradko specializes in treating OCD, Health Anxiety, and Anxiety Disorders like Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder.

OCD

OCD and Pure O: How Do I Make It Stop?

Is it possible to make OCD thoughts stop?

If you have OCD, you are not alone. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects 2-3% of the population. In the US, approximately 7 to 10 million people suffer from OCD and experience significant distress in almost every aspect of their daily life.

Unwanted thoughts and images can pop into your head, something terrifying, and cause your sympathetic nervous system to activate, causing high anxiety, your fight-or-flight response. Maybe the thought was that you may harm your family member, or that you may have just run over someone, or left the stove on when you left your home. The fearful thought can be anything. But it sticks because it scares you. It horrifies you. You will do anything to not have that thought. You start to ruminate about that thought. Is it true? Perhaps you begin to avoid driving, you create safety plans and have family members hide the knives, you compulsively check the stove, over and over again.

Although you cannot stop your initial thought, you can stop the OCD cycle by changing how you respond to your thoughts. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the “gold-standard” treatment for OCD based on neuroscience research. ERP can be effectively used with or without medication and combined with other therapies like ACT and Mindfulness to treat OCD.

Questions you can ask me about OCD:

  • What can someone do to get rid of their obsessive thoughts?
  • Pure O OCD: Can our thoughts make us do something bad?
  • Is OCD curable? How long does OCD ERP treatment take?
  • How can we help a family member with OCD?
HEALTH ANXIETY

Health Anxiety: What is Real and What is Anxiety?

Health Anxiety is a chronic condition diagnosed as Illness Anxiety Disorder (hypochondriasis) or Somatic Symptom Disorder. These are conditions experienced with or without a real medical problem. The real issue is the obsessive worry and a preoccupation of having a life-threatening condition based on misinterpretations of bodily symptoms and sensations. Health anxiety behaves like OCD because the anxiety is reinforced by how a person responds to their worries. These physical behaviors and mental compulsions may include checking on body symptoms like taking their pulse or checking their blood pressure, ruminating, and worrying, reassurance-seeking, excessive doctor visits and medical testing, and avoiding activities altogether.

People with health anxiety are often misunderstood and told to “just stop" worrying. Doctors and family members alike mistreat the sufferers by giving them reassurance or unnecessary tests and appointments to calm their worries. Unfortunately, without recognizing the OCD pattern of Health Anxiety, medical providers, therapists, and family members alike routinely misunderstand and mistreat sufferers by fueling their compulsive cycle instead of using an effective treatment called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy.

Questions you can ask me about Health Anxiety:

  • Has the pandemic made some of us hypochondriacs?
  • What are signs that someone may have Health Anxiety?
  • If our partner has Health Anxiety, how do we help them?
  • What options of treatment are available for Health Anxiety?
AGORAPHOBIA AND PANIC DISORDER

Agoraphobia and Panic Disorders: Being a Prisoner of Your Own Home

Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder symptoms when triggered can feel life-threatening, terrifying, or humiliating and yet diminish once a person has retreated to their safe place. In a sense, people with agoraphobia are prisoners to their brain and bodily symptoms. Agoraphobia is an anxiety condition that involves the fear of being in places or situations where escape may be difficult, embarrassing, or result in panic symptoms. Approximately 1-2% of adults in the US have been diagnosed with Agoraphobia. Agoraphobic fears may include being alone, being outside of one's home or safe places, traveling on public transportation, being in a crowd, being in open or closed spaces, being on a bridge, or waiting in line. Panic disorder can accompany agoraphobia and can produce symptoms like rapid heartbeat, palpitations, difficulty breathing, nausea, digestion problems, derealization, sweating, and dizziness.

However, with a desire and motivation to heal and effective mental health treatment and support, agoraphobia and panic disorder are treatable. Evidence-based treatment for Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder includes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) including Interoceptive Exposures for Panic Disorder.

Questions you can ask me about Agoraphobia:

  • Are Agoraphobia symptoms on the rise because of the pandemic?
  • How can someone help a family member with Agoraphobia and Panic?
  • Why or how does someone become agoraphobic?
  • How can someone help a family member with agoraphobia to travel?
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Paige Pradko shares evidence-based mental health help and education on her YouTube Channel. Paige includes several playlists to help people with anxiety disorders, OCD, Pure O, Health Anxiety, Agoraphobia, and more.

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Health Anxiety OCD

Health Anxiety can take on many distressing forms including the persistent fear of having a life threatening illness or physical sensations that cause the false belief that something is terribly wrong with one’s heart, brain or other organs in the body. All it takes is one misinterpretation from your brain or a trigger in your environment to create an all consuming focus on the false belief that something is very wrong with you. When the fear center of your brain (the amygdala) is triggered, anxiety symptoms begin. 

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Don't Do This If You Have Anxiety

As a therapist that specializes in Anxiety Disorders and OCD, I have learned what works and what does not work in calming one’s anxiety. In this video, I describe the biggest mistake that people make when trying to NOT have anxiety. I also review one of my favorite paradoxical methods for coping with anxiety or intrusive thoughts that I call, “I. A.M.” In my opinion, this is possibly my most important and significant video about treating anxiety. I would love to hear what you think.

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How to Treat Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is a condition similar to being thrown in jail for a crime you didn't commit. It robs people of some of the most basic freedoms and joys that life can bring. Wouldn't you do everything possible to free yourself, to fix the injustice? Agoraphobia is a large-scale, complex anxiety disorder, typically associated with panic disorder. Triggering events can include public transportation, being in enclosed spaces or large open spaces, being away from home, standing in line, or being in a crowd.

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OCD and Pure O Interview with Bianca Vlahos

OCD and Pure O informative interview with Paige Pradko, a therapist specializing in OCD and Anxiety Disorders discuss OCD with Radio Host, Bianca Vlahos from PBA FM & WOW FM radio stations in Adelaide, South Australia. Sharing mental health information and awareness is my passion. I am so thankful to have been invited to be interviewed by Bianca Vlahos in Australia. She is an engaged interviewer and really asks great questions. I hope that you find the interview on OCD informative. Here's a fun fact: it was 8am Michigan time and 11:30pm Adelaide, South Australia time when we recorded this interview today.

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