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Accessing Care for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, sometimes referred to as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that can cause you to feel unusual or extreme shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and can result in changes to the ability to carry out daily tasks. Your symptoms may be severe and are different from the usual ups and downs you experience in life.

Reaching out for help is the first step in recovery. There are evidence-based approaches to treat Bipolar Disorder.

We are here to help

Ontario Shores provides treatment options for individuals with Bipolar Disorder through several inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. including:

How to access care

If you are experiencing symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, ask your family doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist to submit a referral to Ontario Shores.

Make a Referral

What can I expect after a referral

Your referral will be processed by our Central Intake team. For referrals that have been accepted, a comprehensive assessment will determine the right treatment options for you, either in the community or at Ontario Shores. 

If you meet the criteria for outpatient services, you will be contacted when a spot becomes available in the program.  Please note that wait times can vary.

If you meet the criteria for inpatient services, you will be admitted to Ontario Shores when a space becomes available.

While you wait for your first appointment or admission:

  • Continue to follow up with your family doctor/primary care provider to ensure you are following their care recommendations
  • Continue to take medications as prescribed 
  • Practice self-care 
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What to expect

What to expect while in treatment for Bipolar Disorder


Self-Help Resources

While you wait for service please review these self-help resources and additional supports. 

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