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New Device Promises to Break Bad Habits

February 18, 2017

Aneela Idnani Kumar says the genesis for Keen—a Fitbit-shaped device that aims to stop nervous habits like nail-biting and skin-picking—came when her husband, Sameer, confronted her about her disappearing eyebrows. For more than two decades, Aneela had been suffering from trichotillomania, a disorder more commonly known as hair pulling. 




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Hard Habits to Break

June 03, 2019

 

Ellen Crupi can easily recall when she first pulled out a strand of her long dark hair in the same way some people might remember their first kiss or losing their first tooth. She was 12 years old and in gym class at her suburban Rhode Island middle school, waiting for teams to be chosen. 

“I was probably just playing with my hair to calm myself down, and I pulled a piece out. I don’t know why,” says the 54-year-old Crupi, who lives in Bethesda. “Ever since that moment, I was hooked. I just felt a zing.”

Pulling out her hair became a coping mechanism for Crupi, a way to tackle anxiety or even boredom, and nothing she was too concerned about at first.

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Inventors Helping Inventors #21 - Aneela Idnani

May 06, 2019

Alan interviews Aneela Idnani - inventor of the Keen bracelet.

Tune in to learn how, after suffering for years with a psychological disorder that caused her to pull out all her eyebrows, she invented a solution - the Keen bracelet.

The Keen bracelet has changed habits and touched thousands of lives all over the globe.

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HabitAware Receives $300,000 Grant to Advance Work Treating Hair-Pulling Disorder

April 10, 2019

Through a study funded by the grant award, HabitAware will evaluate the feasibility of Keen as an official treatment for trichotillomania. Simultaneously, Keen will be further developed into a tool for self-administration of Habit Reversal Training (HRT), one of few verified treatments currently in existence.

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Sizing Guide

Not sure which size is right for you?

It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order:

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