I have been pulling out my hair since my early teens as a coping mechanism for stress, bullying and dealing with my father’s battle with leukemia. From my personal experience of 20+ years as a hair puller, I believe the “cure” to trichotillomania is...
Feeling ashamed of hair pulling, skin picking or nail biting? You are not alone. I've felt it too & it’s why I hid for more than 25 years. In this 2021 TLC BFRBCon session HabitAware Co-founder & President, Aneela Idnani, and HabitAware Director of Awareness, Ellen Crupi, break down why we feel shame, explain how it manifests and share ways to shatter shame. By facing shame, we can shift perception and open the door to recovery. You don’t need to make a change today, just listen & plant the seed of hope!
In this blog post, we share how changing our mindset and self-belief system is a big part of gaining control over Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors like hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania) and nail biting. The thoughts we tell ourselves guide our actions. Here's how to tell ourselves new things.
In this guest post Dr. Richard Lopez, Cognitive Neuroscience, PhD, looks at how how behavior change research can inform the management of body focused repetitive behaviors. The article also highlights how HabitAware Keen2 delivers evidence-based behavior change strategies. Perhaps one day this system of behavior change can become an official treatment for trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), dermatillomania (skin picking) and onychophagia (nail biting).
When I was a kid, stepping on extra crunchy leaves, sticking my bare hands in snow, playing with bubbles from a bubble bath, were all little things that I’d look forward to. I just wanted the satisfaction that only certain textures could bring. I annoyed so many poor kitties and puppies for the chance to shove my face into their velvety soft fur. Every time my parents got a package, I begged to shred the packing peanuts apart, or pop all of the bubble wrap. And honestly, when confronted with these objects, my impulse control was really low.
Barbara Lally is an author and advocate for Body Focused Repetitive Behavior awareness and works to break down the stigma, as well as shame, around trichotillomania. She is a proud member of the BFRB community and was featured on our #IamHabitAware campaign and inspires us with her work!
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