Keen, a smart bracelet and a TIME Magazine top 2018 invention, looks like a fitness tracker and detects your specific behaviors after a one-time training with its companion mobile app. When Keen senses your hand doing your unwanted gesture, it vibrates, making you aware of your gesture and allowing you the opportunity to stop. No more hair pulling!
BFRBs aren't just bad habits that can be broken by sheer power of will— long-term treatment consists of identifying and treating the root cause of the behaviors, and even then, it's not guaranteed that they will stop. Many individuals suffering with BFRBs find themselves subconsciously repeating the behaviors, making it all that more difficult to combat them in the day-to-day.
At 17 years old, Aneela Idnani was struggling with the loss of her father. Over time, she developed a mental health condition known as Trichotillomania, a compulsion to unknowingly pull out one’s hair as a self-soothing mechanism.