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.
Alissa, a 14-year-old from California, battled Trichotillomania for five years. Alissa’s hair pulling was initially focused on her eyebrows and eyelashes, but then eventually included her head. “Trichotillomania made me lose my confidence..."
Little is known in mainstream culture about why people pull out hair (hair pulling disorder / trichotillomania) or pick at their skin (compulsive skin picking / dermatillomania). HabitAware helps educate others to smash the stigma. We recently facilitated a panel for parents, students and faculty to explain BFRBs.
…the best way to create a cohesive and supportive environment for our child’s success is to have the tools we use at home incorporated into her school life, too. You can use this template as a starting point for opening up communication with your child’s teacher…
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!
Maela, an 11-year-old from Indiana, has had Trichotillomania for four years. She pulls her hair and eyelashes in bed while she goes to sleep. Maela’s mom, Courtney, would go in at night to say goodnight and give kisses, only to find the bed covered in hair. One day Courtney was searching online for new … Continue reading Conquering with Keen: Maela’s Story→
As parents we want to do all we can to help our child. But when it comes to overcoming trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), dermatillomania (skin picking disorder) or excessive nail biting, your child has to be ready to help themselves and you need to be there to support them on the journey to "keen" awareness.
"Thank you for your faithful emails, they are a source of great motivation for many of us. I actually think of my Keen as a "helper", a unique tool to remind me when I am slipping into my danger zone." - L.M.
"This newsletter is excellent...I credit the mere existence of this product and the feeling of community fostered by this newsletter, as two of the catalysts that helped free me from my shame and self-loathing in regards to my trichotillomania." - D.M.
"I won’t unsubscribe. You changed my life. Pull-free for almost 3 months. Thank you for all you do, I haven’t felt this confident in over 10 years." - S.M.