Tracking my Trichotillomania & my Goals: How Combining Two Communities Made Me Whole

Tracking my Trichotillomania & my Goals: How Combining Two Communities Made Me Whole

March 20, 2019

"I realize I have two powerful tools - and communities - in my corner:
  1. Keen & my Keen family: my own personal guard, making me aware of when my hands began entering a danger zone, and
  2. My Bullet Journal & my BuJo group: where I could keep myself organized as well as a place where I could document my hair pulling objectively, trying out different strategies to get control."

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"Dear Ellen:" Help for Hair Pullers, Skin Pickers & Nail Biters

March 13, 2019

Ellen from the HabitAware team here. I am thrilled to share with you a recent correspondence I had with one of our Keen family members, Layla.  I was so touched by Layla’s openness to share her story with me, her willingness to control her BFRB and how she looked inwards to help herself.  Her questions about moving into recovery were so insightful. We thought sharing our email convo might inspire and help others in our family, and Layla agreed.

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Guest Post: BFRB 101 In Schools: Educating the Educators

February 26, 2019

Little is known in mainstream culture about why people pull out hair (hair pulling disorder / trichotillomania) or pick at their skin (compulsive skin picking / dermatillomania). HabitAware helps educate others to smash the stigma. We recently facilitated a panel for parents, students and faculty to explain BFRBs.

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Personal Reflection: The Power of Keen Awareness Goes Beyond Hair Pulling, Skin Picking, Nail Biting and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Personal Reflection: The Power of Keen Awareness Goes Beyond Hair Pulling, Skin Picking, Nail Biting and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

February 19, 2019

In this post, Ellen Crupi, HabitAware's Director of Awareness shares her journey as Keen family and how Keen helped her build awareness of her hand movements and hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), as well as permeating more of her life to help her make positive, healthier choices at work, at home and for her soul.

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Beyond Keen's

Beyond Keen's "Hug": 4 tips on how to overcome after "Keen" awareness

November 28, 2018

Here's actionable steps to take to control of your hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania) or nail biting AND retrain your brain. The best treatment for trichotillomania is treating yourself right. The HabitAware team shares how you can use the Keen smart bracelet to develop awareness and take control!

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Conquering with Keen: Amy’s story

September 25, 2018

When I received my Keen, I trained it for twirling and hair pulling on the left side of my head and for skin picking on the top of my head. I really appreciated the option to change the detection settings depending on my body position, since I usually do my habits most when I’m laying on the couch or sitting at my desk. I hardly ever take Keen off! When my Keen is charging, I still wear the strap as a reminder to help train my brain. I even wear it to sleep!

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Guest Post: Supporting the BFRB Support Group Leader

September 18, 2018

In today’s guest post, our Keen family member, Amber Bodeur, who’s been “Conquering with Keen, now shares how she found the courage - and the support - to start a support group in her hometown.

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Reflection: What does Trichotillomania Recovery mean to me?

September 14, 2018

This is the first time I’m really thinking about this question. For so long I’ve focused on the opposite: the loss & the deterioration that comes with compulsive hair pulling, skin picking or nail biting. I know it sounds silly, but to answer this question, I first started by googling “definition of recovery.” The result … Continue reading Reflection: What does Trichotillomania Recovery mean to me?

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Guest Post: Parenting 101 – Back to School with BFRBs (like Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania)

September 11, 2018

Parenting 101 – Back to School with BFRBs by Courtney & Maela Spainhower It’s that time of the year again when we’re wrapping up summer, squeezing the last drops of fun out of break before returning to the school grind. For our family, that means re-stocking closets after uniforms have been outgrown, sorting supply lists, … Continue reading Guest Post: Parenting 101 – Back to School with BFRBs (like Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania)

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Involving the School in Your Child’s BFRB: A Template for Teacher Communication

September 11, 2018

the best way to create a cohesive and supportive environment for our child’s success is to have the tools we use at home incorporated into her school life, too.  You can use this template as a starting point for opening up communication with your child’s teacher…

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Conquering with Keen

September 07, 2018

Body focused repetitive behaviors hurt people’s lives. Keen is changing that. Here’s how some of our Keen family is using the power of awareness and “conquering with Keen.” Abby’s story Katie’s story Lesley’s story Maela’s story Adrienne’s story Helen’s story Stephanie’s story Allie’s story Stephanie’s story Victoria’s story

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Conquering with Keen: Kristi’s story

September 07, 2018

Kristi is a 28-year-old from Minnesota. This is how she is Conquering with Keen Awareness, in her own words.   From Harmless Habit to Unbearable Pain I have Trichotillomania and have been picking and pulling my eyelashes for 12 years, since I was 16. What started as a relatively harmless “habit” that left me with small, … Continue reading Conquering with Keen: Kristi’s story

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