Aneela first contacted TLC in 2013, looking for solutions to her own trichotillomania. Now, four years later she has invented a technology to help many other BFRBers, as well as herself.
“Talking with so many people has helped me realize the disorder may always be with us, but it’s how we deal with it that counts,” said Aneela. “BFRBs are not welcome in our lives, but we can strive to get to a place where the space they occupy is tiny.”
In addition to financial support, Aneela consistently includes TLC in HabitAware’s public relations and marketing programs.
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.
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.
It's important that Keen fits snugly. Here's a quick guide to help you decide which bracelet size to order: