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Conquering with Keen: Allie’s story

May 16, 2018

Allie is 17 years old and lives in Illinois. This is how she’s Conquering with Keen Awareness in her own words.

Finding the Good in Trichotillomania

My Body Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) is Trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling disorder. I’ve had it for six years. It had a huge effect on my mental health. The bigger my bald spots got, the more I wanted to stay inside my house and hide. I began avoiding things and it was hard for me to leave the house every day.  

I see my Trichotillomania as a blessing

 

But, my BFRB did lead me to create my YouTube channel, My Trich Journey. On this public forum, I’m able to talk with hundreds of amazing people who also struggle with Trichotillomania.  Because of that, I see my Trichotillomania as a blessing because it has made me a stronger, more empathetic person, and has given me the chance to help thousands of people.

 

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Leaving the Darkness of Trichotillomania Behind

My hair pulling had returned for the third time in my life and I decided I couldn’t go back to the same, dark place I had been in before. My therapist recommended Keen by HabitAware to me. When I heard about it, I knew I needed to get it. I trained it to sense and alert me when my hand is on the top of my head. I wear it to school and when I’m stressed because that’s when I find myself hair pulling the most.

I am the happiest I have ever been

I can honestly say that I am the happiest I have ever been in my life right now. Coming out of that dark place gave me perspective and made me appreciate everything so much more. My hair is almost completely grown in and my confidence is back. I went from not wanting to leave the house or see anyone to being excited to go out and be social.

 

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Changing the Game with a Trichotillomania Device

I would absolutely recommend the Keen habit tracking bracelet to anyone struggling with Trichotillomania. In fact, here is a video I shared with my YT family about how Keen is helping me stop hair pulling:

If you’re new to Keen, make sure you follow the directions correctly when training it and turn the motion sensitivity down so that it doesn’t vibrate unless you’re hair pulling. I would also recommend wearing it consistently and making it a part of your daily routine. Keen is such a great tool to stop hair pulling. It’s a game changer for people who pull their hair or have other BFRBs like skin picking (dermatillomania) and nail biting!
 

Thank you Allie for sharing your journey with us on our blog, AND with countless others on your YT channel.  We love how you’ve turned your hair pulling adversity into a blessing.

Wishing you so much love, strength & awareness,

 

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