Millions of kids suffer from mental health disorders called Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, or BFRBs, which are subconscious behaviors that are physical, repetitive movements or gestures of the hands, focused on the body. They include but are not limited to: hair pulling (Trichotillomania), nail biting (Onychophagia), and skin picking (Dermatillomania / excoriation disorder). For many kids, these disorders cause not only physical but emotional and mental harm and can affect their learning in school.
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.
Now, in the age of coronavirus, the Keen bracelet has found a new way to help.
It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order: