App monitors mobile usage to predict manic, bipolar episodes

BiAffect is the name of a new app that monitors mobile device usage to predict manic and depressive episodes in bipolar disorder. The app serves as a kind of fitness tracker for the brain.

This is a first-of-its kind tool for researchers to study mood disorders and even brain-related disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The app can help determine the efficacy of different treatments for bipolar and other mood disorders.

The app quietly monitors health from an iPhone which makes it both low-cost and with far-reaching impact to improve the lives of millions of people. During a manic episode, people with bipolar disorder exhibit common behaviors, such as talking really fast, with reduced self-control.

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