Yes, your mother needs to be evaluated by a physician and a mental health professional. A physician can rule out medical problems. A mental health professional could help to determine if she is experiencing a relapse. It is not normal to hear voices. It may be a sign of psychosis, which in your mother’s case may be indicative of a relapse. Psychosis is associated with multiple mental health disorders but mainly bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
In the case of psychosis, “time is of the essence.” Generally, symptoms of psychosis become more severe and more pronounced over time. It is unlikely that her symptoms will simply go away. Intervention is often required to decrease or stop the worsening of a psychotic episode.
Hopefully, your mother is willing to seek treatment. If she is unwilling, then you may have to try to force her into treatment. That is an unfortunate circumstance that too many families face.
Escort her to the appointment or the hospital if possible. It is important to report the symptoms that you have witnessed, even if she will not allow you to be in the room while she is undergoing an evaluation. She may not be willing or able to report her symptoms accurately. The more information that the doctors have about her condition, the better they will be able to treat her condition. I hope that your mother is able to get the proper help. I wish you the best. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle