New app listens to bipolar patients, detects mood swings by voice analysis
The National Institute of Mental Health tells us that some 5.7 million American adults struggle with bipolar disorder.
A critical part of managing the disorder is the ability to sense when the mood swings are about to happen – something the patient isn't aware of – and get that patient to a physician straight away for help.
A research team at the University of Michigan is working on a smartphone program called PRIORI. It detects mood swings through voice analysis of phone conversations, while still protecting the patient's privacy.
Dr. Melvin McInnis is one of the researchers. He's a psychiatrist and a bipolar specialist, and he joined us on Stateside.
*Listen to the full interview above.