Many people with bipolar disorder are prescribed a mood stabalizer and an antidepressant as their medication treatment. However, a new study has shown some evidence that the antidepressant does not have much benefit in the mix.

“In this study, we do not show a benefit nor a problem due to antidepressants,” Sachs said. “We didn’t show anything to gain. We also didn’t show any harm, and there may well be individual patients who might respond to antidepressants and individual antidepressants that actually work better.”

As more knowledge becomes available and more research is conducted on psychiatric medications, there will probably be at least some minor shifts in how these disorders are treated. This may be one such example.