Hello everybody! My name is Jeff in Seattle and I’ve struggled with Trichotillomania (Eyebrows) for 14 years. This was very therapeutic to write a blog for the first time in my life, and I’d encourage others to do this as well. When I was in High School, I was self-conscious about my bushy eyebrows. My mom innocently suggested I try getting them waxed, but I was too shy to go through with it.
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!
Did you miss an episode of our Love Strength and Awareness podcast that launched during BFRB Awareness week? We created this podcast to raise #BFRBAwareness and encourage hope through storytelling. Catch up here & fill up with some serious "Soul Fuel!"
In this episode,Lauren McKeaney, founder and CEO of Picking Me, joins Aneela to talk about her BFRB, ways to take control of it and what Picking Me is all about. Also included is a quick Mindset Reset. This will allow you to take a minute or two to reflect and take control of your mindset.
In our first interview for "Love, Strength, & Awareness," Aneela is joined by Christina Pearson, the founder of The TLC Foundation For BFRBs. Christina shares her story as well as ways to work toward recovery from body focused repetitive behaviors like hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania) and nail biting.
Art is a way of sparking conversation, uniting people, healing, and inspiring. There are so many individuals using their talent and creativity as a platform as a way of understanding their BFRBs and creating awareness for others, and we’d like to share these artists with you! We encourage you to follow and share these artists in our BFRB community as a small and tangible way to show support and find inspiration along the way.
Together with Abbe Greenberg and Maggie Sarachek, of the Anxiety Sisters, and Lauren McKeaney of PickingME Foundation we recorded a podcast to share treatments for body focused repetitive behaviors like trichotillomania and dermatillomania, along with our mental health stories.
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