Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or other parts of their body, resulting in noticeable bald patches; and  

Whereas Trichotillomania is estimated to affect one to two percent of the American population; and

Whereas For many, the psychological impact of TTM can be severe, including intense feelings of shame, isolation and loss of control; and

Whereas  Research into treatments of TTM has grown over the past thirteen years, however, no one treatment has been found to be effective for everyone,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 1st – 7th,  2012 to be,

TRICHOTILLOMANIA AWARENESS WEEK

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twentieth day of September, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts