CET joins the Center for Light
Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia
University Medical Center, New York City to bring you Ask the Doctor – a free
question-answer forum with clinical and research specialists. First, check our
extensive list of past questions and answers using the keyword search feature
to the left. Then, ask your question if it has not already been addressed.
Our specialists will choose items of general interest to CET’s visitors.
Although we try to respond promptly, sometimes there is a delay as we review
and assign questions – so check back frequently for updates. For ethical reasons,
we do not respond to personal inquiries about clinical status or treatment. You
should not identify yourself by name or email address in this forum.
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Your diagnostic status (AutoPIDS) – if you have felt down at any time in the past year, or over the years, is it a clinically significant depressive disorder or something milder? Is it seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sub-SAD, or a nonseasonal or seasonally modulated depression? Should you see a doctor about it?
Your circadian rhythm type (AutoMEQ) – how much of a lark or owl are you, compared with other people? When does your internal clock think you should be going to sleep? If you are taking light therapy, what would be the most effective time of day?
Your current level of depression (AutoSIGH) – whether or not you’re under treatment for depression, it is important to track changes in your state toward improvement (or not). You should know your score and details about your symptom pattern, which can facilitate discussions with your doctor.