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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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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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Involving the School in Your Child’s BFRB: A Template for Teacher Communication

September 11, 2018

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…

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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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Silencing the Self Stigma Soundtrack

July 25, 2018

This article was written by our summer intern, Dureti Doto. Thank you Dureti for sharing your personal experience and knowledge with us all! My name is Dureti Doto and I have been working at HabitAware this summer as an intern. Before I learned about HabitAware, I did not know what body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) … Continue reading Silencing the Self Stigma Soundtrack

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Guest Post: Tapping Your Way to Freedom from Nail Biting

June 06, 2018

Here at HabitAware, we are big believers in healthy choices. Our smart bracelet, Keen, helps you manage nail biting, hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania), and other unwanted Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors by notifying you of when the (usually) automatic gestures are happening. Once you’re aware, you can make a new choice, and move your … Continue reading Guest Post: Tapping Your Way to Freedom from Nail Biting

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Tips for Parents of Pullers & Pickers, featuring Natasha Daniels, Childhood Anxiety Expert

April 11, 2018

Dealing with hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), compulsive skin picking (dermatillomania), excessive nail biting and other body focused repetitive behaviors, gives us all a greater understanding of the pain and plight. But when it comes to kids, how to stop hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania) or nail biting is made all the more tricky because … Continue reading Tips for Parents of Pullers & Pickers, featuring Natasha Daniels, Childhood Anxiety Expert

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3 Tips to Stop Skin Picking (or Stop Hair Pulling) from the Stop Skin Picking Coach

February 07, 2018

By Annette Pasternak, Stop Skin Picking Coach Aneela asked me to share my best videos on tips for BFRB (body focused repetitive behavior) reduction and recovery and, upon considering, I found it pretty easy to narrow it down to these three. My sincere wish is that they inform and inspire you to positive action and … Continue reading 3 Tips to Stop Skin Picking (or Stop Hair Pulling) from the Stop Skin Picking Coach

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Guest Post: The Toolkit for BFRB Management

December 20, 2017

* by Trudi Griffin, NCC Licensed Professional Counselor, and part of the TrichStop team * Scientists do not have definitive cures for body-focused repetitive behaviors, such as skin picking and hair pulling, but there are effective treatment strategies that can help you manage behaviors. Awareness is the key to behavior change: The first step of … Continue reading Guest Post: The Toolkit for BFRB Management

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Guest Post: Scratching the Surface: What is Dermatillomania?

December 13, 2017

This post is brought to you by Alyson Monaco of Healthline.com     The word “habit” comes with a multitude of connotations both good and bad. A good, healthy habit would be something like taking a run first thing in the morning or drinking plenty of water throughout the day. While there are plenty of … Continue reading Guest Post: Scratching the Surface: What is Dermatillomania?

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Guest Blog: Faith, Awareness and Trichotillomania Recovery

November 14, 2017

For Week 3 of our “Month of Gratitude,” we are talking about how you gotta have FAITH! I am a firm believer in believing. It’s not about religion. It’s about cultivating trust and confidence. It’s about allowing yourself to “hand off” your dreams, wishes and worries to a “something.” That “something” can be Jesus, Allah, … Continue reading Guest Blog: Faith, Awareness and Trichotillomania Recovery

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