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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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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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Guest Post: Behavior Patterns, Triggers & Replacements

August 28, 2018

Each new school year brings new experiences - and new stresses - for parents and kids to learn and grow. School is stressful, often resulting in an uptick of skin picking or hair pulling behaviors that we thought magically disappeared in the glow of the summer sun.

Today, our Keen family member, Amy Hiller, shares her experience as an educator and behavioral coach to help parents and kids transition back to school without losing their cool (or their hair, or nails, or skin!). Thank you Amy, for taking time from your life to share these tips with your Keen family around the world!

love + awareness,

Aneela and the HabitAware team

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Relapse: A Lesson in Learning to Accept Myself

August 22, 2018

In January 2017, after six years of picking at my split ends and two years of pulling out my hair, I finally told my parents about my compulsions to pull out hair from my scalp. It took them about a week or two to do some research and understand that this was not just “wanting” to pull out my hair, but “not being able to stop” pulling. My parents understanding meant a lot to me. For the first time, I believed I could actually stop! This “embarrassing” habit of mine had a name - trichotillomania, researchers that studied people like me, and tons of ways to stop were listed both online and in the several books my father ordered home. I was going to be cured!

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Community Spotlight: Pam Katz, LCSW: Helping BFRB families Live, Love and Support

July 18, 2018

The Keen team is grateful for the ongoing support of the trichotillomania treatment professional community. We especially extend thanks to Pam Katz, LCSW for sharing her experience and “family first” approach to treating trichotillomania, dermatillomania and other body focused repetitive behaviors below. Thank you, Pam!  It is not uncommon for a child or adolescent with … Continue reading Community Spotlight: Pam Katz, LCSW: Helping BFRB families Live, Love and Support

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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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Community Spotlight: Kelsey: A Renaissance Woman, who just so happens to have Trichotillomania

June 20, 2018

YOU DESERVE TO BE Meet Kelsey, she’s a Keen family member, a volunteer for TLC Foundation for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) and an advocate for BFRB awareness. I met Kelsey through a mutual friend at the 2016 TLC conference. A year later, Kelsey gave a speech to share her journey and trichotillomania solution. In her … Continue reading Community Spotlight: Kelsey: A Renaissance Woman, who just so happens to have Trichotillomania

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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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Community Spotlight: Alison Dotson: Showing Up for OCD Awareness

May 30, 2018

Alison Dotson is a mental health advocate & a new friend! Though Alison & I both live in the Twin Cities, it took Mental Health friends across the globe to make our introduction happen! I met Alison through Stuart Ralph, a Brit whom I met virtually via Liz Atkin & in person at the 2017 … Continue reading Community Spotlight: Alison Dotson: Showing Up for OCD Awareness

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