HabitAware Helps You Retrain Your Brain to Kick Bad Habits
March 01, 2019
Mental health is often a topic many struggle to talk about. Those who struggle with mental health issues often feel isolated and ashamed of what they’re going through or the way they feel. These were feelings Aneela Idnani was dealing with.
“I have personally suffered from a hair pulling disorder, trichotillomania, since my early teens. It’s a trance-like state and a coping mechanism for stress and anxiety … As a young teen who didn’t understand why I was pulling [my hair], I grew up ashamed that I was doing this to myself. This shame led me to hide behind makeup for nearly 20 years,” she explains.
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.