You are right to be concerned about your mother. She engages in unusual behavior. The only way she could be committed to a hospital for treatment is if she is a danger to herself or to others or if she is unable to care for herself (i.e. gravely disabled). Generally, hospitals are for emergencies.
She could benefit from consulting a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in treating psychological problems with medicine. The psychiatrist could evaluate her symptoms and prescribe medicine to treat her symptoms.
She would also likely benefit from working with a psychotherapist. Talk therapy could help her to distinguish reality from non-reality. You should encourage her to seek help from the aforementioned types of mental health professionals.
You might also try family therapy. Family therapy could be very beneficial because it involves all members of the family learning new communication and interaction skills.
Generally speaking, no one can be forced into treatment unless they are a danger to themselves or to others. Try your best to encourage your mother to seek help. If she refuses, then you should consider consulting a mental health professional who can teach you the best way to deal with your mother’s untreated symptoms. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle