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Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

Subtle changes could act as early warning of need for care, U-M research suggests
A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person’s voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports.

While the app still needs much testing before widespread use, early results from a small group of patients show its potential to monitor moods while protecting privacy.

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