5 episodes

~15 years ago Aneela Idnani nearly committed suicide partly because she pulled out her hair and thought she was alone, ugly and not good enough. Hair pulling (trichotillomania) is part of a group of mental health conditions - Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors - that affect 1 in 20 Americans (~20M) who, like Aneela, are hurting in hiding.

Today Aneela has found purpose in this pain. Her company, HabitAware, empowers "Keen family" around the world to take control of hair pulling, as well as skin picking (dermatillomania), & nail biting. HabitAware's smart bracelet, Keen, is a TIME Magazine Best Invention and holds research grants from the NIH & NSF.

HabitAware’s patented technology recognizes & brings awareness to these restless hand movements with a gentle vibration. This "hug" on the wrist cues a moment of pause for healthy self care. With consistent practice, our "Keen family" is heightening awareness and retraining their brains.

As mental health advocates its our goal to share BFRB stories and actionable tips to overcome to help raise awareness, education and understanding of these very common yet unknown conditions.

We wish you love ♥️, strength 💪, & awareness 👀 on your BFRB recovery journey!

HabitAware's Love Strength and Awareness Podcast Aneela Idnani

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~15 years ago Aneela Idnani nearly committed suicide partly because she pulled out her hair and thought she was alone, ugly and not good enough. Hair pulling (trichotillomania) is part of a group of mental health conditions - Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors - that affect 1 in 20 Americans (~20M) who, like Aneela, are hurting in hiding.

Today Aneela has found purpose in this pain. Her company, HabitAware, empowers "Keen family" around the world to take control of hair pulling, as well as skin picking (dermatillomania), & nail biting. HabitAware's smart bracelet, Keen, is a TIME Magazine Best Invention and holds research grants from the NIH & NSF.

HabitAware’s patented technology recognizes & brings awareness to these restless hand movements with a gentle vibration. This "hug" on the wrist cues a moment of pause for healthy self care. With consistent practice, our "Keen family" is heightening awareness and retraining their brains.

As mental health advocates its our goal to share BFRB stories and actionable tips to overcome to help raise awareness, education and understanding of these very common yet unknown conditions.

We wish you love ♥️, strength 💪, & awareness 👀 on your BFRB recovery journey!

    Episode 5: (Bonus-Mini)Mindset Reset - Small Wins with Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania

    Episode 5: (Bonus-Mini)Mindset Reset - Small Wins with Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania

    A quick mindset reset after hearing about Lauren McKeaney's efforts to overcome chronic skin picking by "Picking Me."

    Lauren is the founder of Chicago-based non-profit, The PickingMe Foundation. Like Aneela (HabitAware founder, Lauren has found purpose in her pain as a mental health advocate. Through her work at PickingMe.org, Lauren provides support, education and awareness.

    • 1 min
    Episode 4: Lauren McKeaney's Dermatillomania Story

    Episode 4: Lauren McKeaney's Dermatillomania Story

    Lauren is the founder of Chicago-based non-profit, The PickingMe Foundation. Like Aneela (HabitAware founder, Lauren has found purpose in her pain as a mental health advocate. Through her work at PickingMe.org, Lauren provides support, education and awareness.

    Laura joins Aneela to talk about her journey with dermatillomania, battling shame and stigma, and being inspired to do start her impactful work with her nonprofit, PickingMe.

    • 21 min
    Episode 2: Christina Pearson's Trichotillomania Story

    Episode 2: Christina Pearson's Trichotillomania Story

    Christina Pearson founded the TLC Foundation for BFRBs in 1991. After struggling with trichotillomania for years, she discovered just how many people were suffering from BFRBs and made it her mission to create a space to bring the community together and improve understanding and treatment.

    Christina shares her story, and discusses with Aneela the importance of mindfulness and authentic emotion when healing.

    • 20 min
    Episode 3: (Bonus-Mini) Mindset Reset - Take A Moment of Pause

    Episode 3: (Bonus-Mini) Mindset Reset - Take A Moment of Pause

    Aneela shares her thoughts and reflections after discussing Christina Pearson's amazing story of conquering trichotillomania.

    • 2 min
    Episode 1: Trichotillomania Recovery: Aneela Idnani's Story

    Episode 1: Trichotillomania Recovery: Aneela Idnani's Story

    Aneela shares her trichotillomania recovery story, and how it inspired her to spread "Keen" awareness, and co-found HabitAware. HabitAware is a company that works to bring awareness and a better understanding of BFRBs like trichotillomania, dermatillomania, and onychophagia.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

MarieKelsey ,

Grateful for the HabitAware Team

I am enjoying the podcast and look forward to listening as it develops and grows with differen't interviews and stories, etc.

DesiMaura ,

Thank you for creating awareness!

Thank you for bringing awareness to a condition that is little understood but that can cause so much shame and pain- bringing it into the light is a beautiful endeavor!

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