App Could Predict Manic Episodes in Bipolar Disorder
the MPR take:
Early detection of manic episodes in patients with bipolar disorder allows doctors to adjust medications to prevent the episodes from progressing, and a new smartphone app may be a helpful tool to do this. Dr. Melvin McInnis from the University of Michigan Medical Center and colleagues are testing an app that records patient-doctor conversations to analyze changes in speech speed, energy, and inflection that could indicate a manic or depressive episode. While the preliminary results are promising for predicting manic episodes, it has not been as successful with depressive ones.
There are smartphone apps for monitoring your diet, your drugs, even your heart. And now a Michigan psychiatrist is developing an app he hopes doctors will someday use to predict when a manic episode is imminent in patients with bipolar disorder. Melvin McInnis, a psychiatrist at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
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