Erin, a former “Married at First Sight” reality TV star, is 28 years old and lives in Australia. This is how she’s Conquering with Keen Awareness in her own words. I started pulling my hair out at age 15. I didn’t realise hair pulling was how I coped with anxiety until I was 28. That’s THIRTEEN years later!! My Trichotillomania affected me every day. Hair pulling was something damaging that I knew would make me unhappy, but I felt so much better when I did it. It was a very vicious cycle.
In this post, Ellen Crupi, HabitAware's Director of Awareness shares her journey as Keen family and how Keen helped her build awareness of her hand movements and hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), as well as permeating more of her life to help her make positive, healthier choices at work, at home and for her soul.
When I received my Keen, I trained it for twirling and hair pulling on the left side of my head and for skin picking on the top of my head. I really appreciated the option to change the detection settings depending on my body position, since I usually do my habits most when I’m laying on the couch or sitting at my desk. I hardly ever take Keen off! When my Keen is charging, I still wear the strap as a reminder to help train my brain. I even wear it to sleep!
Body focused repetitive behaviors hurt people’s lives. Keen is changing that. Here’s how some of our Keen family is using the power of awareness and “conquering with Keen.” Abby’s story Katie’s story Lesley’s story Maela’s story Adrienne’s story Helen’s story Stephanie’s story Allie’s story Stephanie’s story Victoria’s story
Kristi is a 28-year-old from Minnesota. This is how she is Conquering with Keen Awareness, in her own words. From Harmless Habit to Unbearable Pain I have Trichotillomania and have been picking and pulling my eyelashes for 12 years, since I was 16. What started as a relatively harmless “habit” that left me with small, … Continue reading Conquering with Keen: Kristi’s story→
Helen, from England, has suffered from Trichotillomania for 38 of her 49 years. This is how she is Conquering with Keen Awareness, as told to the HabitAware team. A Simple Hair Pulling “Habit” Helen has had Trichotillomania since she was 11 years old when she started pulling her hair in middle school. She doesn’t … Continue reading Conquering with Keen: Helen’s story→
Victoria is 21 years old and lives in Louisiana. She’s had Dermatillomania for six years. This is how she’s Conquering with Keen Awareness, in her own words. From Pimple Popping to Skin Picking Woes I’ve struggled with Dermatillomania (compulsive skin picking) since high school. I didn’t know there was a name for it of course, … Continue reading Conquering with Keen: Victoria’s Story→
Allie is 17 years old and lives in Illinois. This is how she’s Conquering with Keen Awareness in her own words. Finding the Good in Trichotillomania My Body Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) is Trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling disorder. I’ve had it for six years. It had a huge effect on my mental health. The … Continue reading Conquering with Keen: Allie’s story→
Stephanie is 24 years old and lives in Virginia. She’s had Trichotillomania for 3 years but recently realized she likely had a BFRB for much longer. In her own words, Stephanie shares how she is Conquering with Keen Awareness. From Skin Picking to Hair Pulling I have Trichotillomania, but I recently realized that my journey … Continue reading Conquering with Keen: Stephanie’s story→
Stephanie lives in Colorado and has had Trichotillomania for 40 years. This is how she’s Conquering with Keen Awareness. When I was about 7 years old I started pulling out my eyelashes and eyebrows. During times of stress, it was always worse and really became noticeable once I started high school. I enjoyed a … Continue reading Conquering with Keen: Stephanie’s Story→
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→
"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.