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What Kind of BFRB Mindset Do You Have?

March 24, 2016

I am part of a few online communities for folks with BFRBs, specifically trichotillomania (hair pulling). I also attend monthly meet-ups with other hair pullers, nail-biters and skin-pickers in Minneapolis. Over the years, friendships have formed within these groups and I’ve noticed something interesting: even though we’ve all found a different way to deal with …

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3 Reasons We’re Excited for TLC’s 2016 BFRB Conference

March 10, 2016

Trichotillomania Learning Center’s 2016 Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Conference is coming up next month. We are excited to be attending for the second year in a row and here’s why:   1) We get to meet old friends!     As someone with trichotillomania, Aneela’s been in the online BFRB community for a while, making …

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Light, Lights, Lights

March 09, 2016

This article was written by Dr. John Pritchard, HabitAware co-founder & lead hardware engineer. It is reprinted with his permission from his blog. Shenzhen is a fascinating place. It lives up to its reputation as the electronics mecca of the world and isn’t afraid to show it. Some of the largest manufacturers of LEDs and LED …

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We’re in China!

March 07, 2016

In mid January of 2016, the HabitAware team traveled from our Minnesotan headquarters to Asia to participate in HAX. HAX is a hardware startup accelerator program in the heart of the manufacturing capital of the world, Shenzhen, China. HAX has a very small acceptance rate so we are honored to be chosen. HAX provides expertise …

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Our Fave #BFRBWeek Tweets

October 09, 2015

#BFRBAwarenessWeek may be over, but it’s important to continue the conversation. Here are some of our favorite #BFRBWeek tweets from Oct 1 – Oct 7, 2015. Thanks to all these courageous people for being vulnerable & sharing their stories. We hope to help you all! Spreading awareness for trichotillomania and other body focused repetitive behaviours this week! …

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Guest Post: Mental Health and Stigma

October 07, 2015

By: PAVITT THATCHER My friend, PAVITT THATCHER wrote this inspirational piece on mental health & how it affects our lives during #BFRBAwarenessWeek.  Pavitt & I met at the 2014 Trichotillomania Learning Center Conference. Her story is a beautiful analysis of how the mind works. Thank you, Pavitt for allowing me to share it here! We …

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What are BFRBs?

October 02, 2015

BFRB stands for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors. BFRBs are exactly as described: the repetitive movement of a …

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

May 05, 2015

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  If you didn’t know, now you are aware The world around us affects our mental well being. According to MakeItOK.org, mental health issues can be caused by all or some of the following:  “Trauma. Sometimes traumatic events can play a role in triggering a mental illness. Chemical imbalance. Chemical or biochemical …

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Is a Device Really Going to Work?

April 09, 2015

HabitAware’s goal is to make you aware of when you are engaging in a repetitive physical behavior subconsciously.  Awareness is the first step in reversing body focused repetitive behaviors and studies show that treatment via awareness enhancing devices can help you take control of your life by stopping these behaviors. Scientists are very interested in …

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This is Personal

March 16, 2015

Starting HabitAware has been a very personal journey. Here’s is part of the story. Over time, I will write more about an the idea to help one person evolved. ————  I started pulling in my teens, around the time my dad fell sick with leukemia. In my twenties I learned that my condition had a …

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