TLC BFRB Donor Stories: Aneela Idnani of HabitAware
December 27, 2017
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.
"Something I have struggled with, for literally over 20 years, is pulling my hair out. I’m not talking about those silly cartoon moments, where a character is “pulling their hair out” because they’re frustrated. This is something that’s much more in-depth, and more serious. Hair-pulling falls under the category of Body-focused repetitive behaviours or BFRBs, for short. This also includes nail-biting, and skin picking, etc."
"You probably know someone who bites their nails. Heck, it's so common you might even do it yourself. But while you might dismiss it as just a 'bad habit,' it's actually categorized as a Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) — a general term for a group of related disorders that involve the manipulation of hair or skin on the body."
"To go along with this mindfulness recognition, I've found it helpful to have a Keen bracelet, made specifically for people with BFRBs by the company HabitAware. They buzz when your hands are in your trigger area so you can take a second to re-assess. I've found this bracelet to be extremely effective in noticing patterns, plus it even has an app to show you your progress and determine patterns."