It’s possible that she is experiencing a psychotic-based mental health disorder. Her symptoms are typical of psychotic disorders. A psychotic disorder involves an individual losing touch with reality. It’s unclear what causes psychotic disorders, but many researchers believe that it could involve a chemical imbalance in the brain, among other possibilities. The most effective treatment for psychotic disorders is medication.
The reason her symptoms continually return may be because she stops taking her medication. Understandably, the side effects make it difficult to continue the medication but each time she stops, her symptoms return. It’s important that she find a medication that she can tolerate and continue to use it. It is likely the key to controlling her symptoms.
It can often take a long period of time to find the right medications, the right dosages and the right combinations of medicines.
It would be best to ask her doctor your questions. He would be in the best position to give you advice. He has worked with her directly and likely has an opinion about how you can best help and support her. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle