Thank you to these amazing journalists and bloggers for sharing our story and Keen as a wearable device for positive behavior change. We appreciate your efforts to raise awareness of body focused repetitive behaviors, like trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), dermatillomania (skin picking) & onychophagia (nail biting).
Aneela Idnani had been suffering in shame for over 20 years from a mental disorder that affects over 20 million people. She was ripping out her hair and she wasn’t able to turn it off. Aneela and her husband banded together to make a device that could help combat compulsive repetitive behavior and a business was formed. Marcus sits down with Aneela to understand her story, her business and goals. He also invites the perfect guest to join the conversation. Although Howie Mandel has been open about his mental health struggles for years, there was a time when he too was desperate to hide his condition
"“The first step, as a certified trichologist, is to address this as a mental-health and behavioral condition, not a hair condition,” Bridgette Hill says. To reduce the frequency and severity of hair-pulling episodes, she recommends seeking out a mental-health professional, joining a support group, or trying the HabitAware Keen, a smart bracelet that essentially trains you out of your triggers."
While many people say beauty comes from within, and it does, our outer appearance does matter. It’s our hair, skin, and nails that make us feel beautiful. I know this to be true as sometimes I might feel beautiful, but then I catch myself in the mirror and think, who is that! Think back.
"Mental health conditions can often manifest themselves in hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, and face touching. Those repetitive physical behaviors may also result in deep feelings of shame that can impact self-confidence and, of course, relationships. HabitAware integrates wearable technology with an app on a user’s smartphone to interrupt those harmful, unconscious patterns. The tool allows individuals to become more mindful and retrain their brains to overcome disorders by alerting them when they make a specific motion."
Have you wished to own something that would stop you from doing bad habits? HabitAware is contributing its great part towards this direction by selling smart bracelets that send a vibration to make you aware of certain behaviors like pulling your hair, eyebrows, biting nails, which most people do and do not even realize it.
Dealing with the stress of everyday life can be rough, and that’s outside of the added pressure of a global pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our sense of daily normalcy, countless Minnesotans are facing uncertainty, isolation, and fear.
Have you heard of trichotillomania? How about dermatillomania? Both are known as “body-part repetitive behaviors”—in this case, hair pulling and skin pulling. To help break habits like these, Minneapolis-based HabitAwaredeveloped a smart bracelet called Keen that detects repeated motions and issues a vibration to alert users to their actions.