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.
While many people say beauty comes from within, and it does, our outer appearance does matter. It’s our hair, skin, and nails that make us feel beautiful. I know this to be true as sometimes I might feel beautiful, but then I catch myself in the mirror and think, who is that! Think back.
"Mental health conditions can often manifest themselves in hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, and face touching. Those repetitive physical behaviors may also result in deep feelings of shame that can impact self-confidence and, of course, relationships. HabitAware integrates wearable technology with an app on a user’s smartphone to interrupt those harmful, unconscious patterns. The tool allows individuals to become more mindful and retrain their brains to overcome disorders by alerting them when they make a specific motion."
Have you wished to own something that would stop you from doing bad habits? HabitAware is contributing its great part towards this direction by selling smart bracelets that send a vibration to make you aware of certain behaviors like pulling your hair, eyebrows, biting nails, which most people do and do not even realize it.