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San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 846-6557

Daniel C. McCracken, MA, MFT
Licensed Psychotherapist

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About Depression

Depression is a depressive disorder that involves a person's body, mood, and thoughts.

Depression can effect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns, and is not the same as being unhappy or in a "blue" mood, nor is it a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. Those suffering from a depressive illness cannot simply lift themselves up and get better. Treatment is often necessary and many times crucial to recovery. Three types of depression:

Major depression

Combinations of symptoms that interfere with the sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities. These disabling episodes of depression can occur once, twice, or several times in a lifetime.


This is marked by long-term, chronic symptoms that are not debilitating, but keep people from functioning at their best, or from feeling good. Sometimes people with dysthymia also experience major depressive episodes.

Bipolar disorder

A chronic recurring condition that includes cycles of depression and elation, or mania.

Within these types there are variations in the number of symptoms, their severity, and persistence.

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