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Overcoming Trichotillomania: The Power of Awareness | TEDx Fargo

Overcoming Trichotillomania: The Power of Awareness | TEDx Fargo

December 04, 2019

In July 2019, I had the honor of sharing my trichotillomania story with 2,200 attendees at the 10th annual TEDx Fargo event, one of the largest independently organized TED events in the country. My "idea worth spreading" is the genesis of working at - and with - HabitAware Keen for the past few years: the Power of Awareness, as it relates to Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors. I believe awareness is the cure for trichotillomania and other BFRBs. Read on to learn how & why.

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3 Steps to Building a Growth Mindset and Taking Control of Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania and other BFRBs

3 Steps to Building a Growth Mindset and Taking Control of Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania and other BFRBs

May 14, 2019

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Guest Post: BFRB 101 In Schools: Educating the Educators

February 26, 2019

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.

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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: 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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HabitAware Initiates Research to Further Develop Keen Awareness Bracelet as a Treatment for Trichotillomania and other BFRBs

August 08, 2018

We are so excited to make this announcement!  We know Keen is helping people build their awareness muscles. We also know our awareness bracelet has much more to give the BFRB community. By working with top researchers we can unleash the potential.

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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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Finding the Good in Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania & Other BFRBs

May 16, 2018

Do you wish you never pulled that very first hair or picked that very first blemish? No one wants to be afflicted with a BFRB that buries us in shame and makes us want to run away and hide. But wishing something away isn’t going to send it away. It’s your choice to actively pursue … Continue reading Finding the Good in Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania & Other BFRBs

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How to Build & Maintain Your Happiness Muscles

January 24, 2018

In our first step to a “New Year, Improved You,” we talked about letting go of the need to be perfect so that we could make room in our lives to do the hard work to continuously improve.  In our second step to a “New Year, Improved You,” Ellen Crupi, our Director of Keen Awareness, shared tips … Continue reading How to Build & Maintain Your Happiness Muscles

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How to Reset Your Mindset

January 17, 2018

In our first step to a “New Year, Improved You,” we talked about letting go of the need to be perfect so that we could make room in our life to do the hard work to continuously improve. We also talked about how unnecessarily fearing failure sets us up to fail. All of this takes … Continue reading How to Reset Your Mindset

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New Year, Improved You: Resist Perfection.

January 03, 2018

Notice it’s not “New Year, New You.” We aren’t wiping the slate clean. We aren’t starting from scratch. You are who you are and if you’re here, you have one desire: to take what you have and make it better. To Improve You. But, where is the room for improvement, if you are already perfect? … Continue reading New Year, Improved You: Resist Perfection.

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