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→
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.
(My fiance) told me that he would love me and be so proud of me, if I had full eyebrows or no eyebrows. Even though I technically already knew this about him and my family, it still felt like a weight lifted from my heart. The next time I felt like I might pull, I snapped on my Keen bracelet. This was one of the first times I can remember that I preemptively put it on. ...Find out what happens next...
HabitAware has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $224,795 to conduct research and development (R&D) work that has the potential to improve their real-time awareness solution for those who suffer from body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs).
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.
I started a blog, Why Do I Pull My Hair Out, to share facts I learned. I searched online for a way to control my trichotillomania at home and found Keen by HabitAware, the habit-tracking bracelet. I invested in the Keen bracelets because I often pull alone. Keen was crucial to my at-home success. My Keen bracelets remind me when my hands rose, retraining my brain over time to forgo that behavior.
"The best advice I can give other kids or teenagers like me is to use your Keens to teach people so that they will learn about BFRBs and will have understanding and compassion when they come across other people with these habits. Everyone who has asked me about my bracelets has been extremely kind and understanding. I've come to accept that I shouldn't be ashamed and it helps to know that there are other people just like me working to overcome this, too."
"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.