Bipolar Affective Disorder in older Adults
Building on our BADAS (Bipolar Affective Disorder and older Adults) Study, a subset of participants in Metro Vancouver will also take part in BADAS In-Home. Sensors will monitor movement in the home to augment GPS (Global Positioning System) data collected with the BADAS study app we developed for iPhone. As evident from research with psychiatric inpatients (see below), movement while manic is discernible, even within a single room. In contrast, we assume that when depressed, older adults with BD may be almost immobile. Our intent is to identify ways in which patterns of movement, specific to each participant, harbinger to onset of both hypo/manic and depressive episodes.
From Perry, W., Minassian, A., Paulus, M.P., Young, J.W., Kincaid, M.J., Ferguson, E.J. et al. (2009). A reverse-translational study of dysfunctional exploration in psychiatric disorders: From mice to men. American Journal of Psychiatry, 66, 1072-1080.