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, andtons of ways to stop were listed both online and in the several books my father ordered home. I was going to be cured!
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→
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→
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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