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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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My Replacement Behaviors for Hair Pulling, Skin Picking or Nail Biting

July 11, 2018

So you have your Keen bracelet, your “self care alarm,” as per our Keen family member, Adrienne. Now what? Well, now it’s time to acknowledge your need for self care when the alarm sounds. How can you do that? Simple, practice replacement behaviors for hair pulling, skin picking or nail biting. These are essentially alternatives … Continue reading My Replacement Behaviors for Hair Pulling, Skin Picking or Nail Biting

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The cost of (not) treating Trichotillomania or Dermatillomania

June 27, 2018

I’ve heard some people express hesitation about Keen – maybe it’s the cost or maybe it’s the fear of the unknown. To that I ask, What have you already SPENT, or LOST and what can you SAVE or GAIN from Keen awareness?  Hair pulling is about more than just hair loss. Skin picking is more than … Continue reading The cost of (not) treating Trichotillomania or Dermatillomania

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How to stop what you’re doing and think about what you’re being.

June 14, 2018

YOU DESERVE TO BE Yesterday’s “To Do” list was so never-ending that I never got around to writing to you! Lists are my thing – they keep me organized and productive. They also keep me a little over-busy, anxious and exhausted. Which got me thinking about all the “doing” I’m doing and wondering if it’s … Continue reading How to stop what you’re doing and think about what you’re being.

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TLC Annual Conference: Keynote Speech: Be Your Own BFRB Hero

April 24, 2018

On Saturday April 21st, 2018, our co-founder & chief trichster, Aneela Idnani, had the honor of delivering the Keynote speech at the 2018 TLC Conference Annual Family dinner. With tears and joy, Aneela proudly shared her story of overcoming trichotillomania, the trichotillomania treatments that worked for her and the making of the Keen smart awareness … Continue reading TLC Annual Conference: Keynote Speech: Be Your Own BFRB Hero

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My BFRB Won’t Stop Me: My BFRB.org Story & Their Role in My Trichotillomania Recovery

November 22, 2017

It’s week 4 of Our Month of Gratitude, here’s why I’m grateful for TLC Foundation for BFRBs. TLC has been there for me in so many ways, and I know they will be there for you. I thank TLC for educating me – not just on the scientific aspects of bfrbs, but also in making … Continue reading My BFRB Won’t Stop Me: My BFRB.org Story & Their Role in My Trichotillomania Recovery

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My dad died so you & I can live.

July 15, 2017

This post has been years in the making. It was written over the course of the past two and a half years. I’m choosing to finally share this, because it’s my dad’s birthday today. When I speak of how I’ve found writing to be therapeutic, this is what I mean: * * * I met …

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In Honor of Independence Day: Why I Freed Myself from a “Pull Free” Mindset

June 29, 2017

What does it mean to be “pull free?” As one of more than 10,000 members of an online Trichotillomania support group, there isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t vow to go pull free, or share how many days, weeks, months or years they are celebrating being pull free.    “Pull free,” according to …

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My trich is not just a bad habit.

November 11, 2016

by Aneela Kumar, “trichster” & cofounder of HabitAware, a smart bracelet to help you become aware of your subconscious behavior (whether it be hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking, thumb-sucking or another). With awareness, you are able to gain control, retrain your brain and replace the behavior with a healthier one. (This article was originally …

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This is Personal

March 16, 2015

Starting HabitAware has been a very personal journey. Here’s is part of the story. Over time, I will write more about an the idea to help one person evolved. ————  I started pulling in my teens, around the time my dad fell sick with leukemia. In my twenties I learned that my condition had a …

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