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.
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."