I’m so beyond relieved that such a website exists! I really could use some knowledgeable people to give me advice. My mom had been hearing voices, speaking in scary voices that do not sound like her/reply to them in her own voice. As well as self harm, scary faces, screaming at times when she thinks she’s alone. Most of these things have happened when she thought she was alone. As a 14 year old girl I was extremely frightened by all of this. Not having any idea what was happening to my mom, whom I love dearly. My family is Christian so when my mother said she felt she was being tormented by demons in her head, they truly believed her. She was around 35 when this started happening. She started going to places to get “deliverance” as she called it which seemed to make her worse. She has threatened suicide on many occasions. Fast forward 16 years and I have finally convinced my father to allow me to try traditional help for her. It’s been very hard, emotionally draining at times as she has so deeply believed in her delusions for 16 years. I feel like I am an army of one at times fighting against her suffering. She has done pretty well at hiding it just enough to have people think she is flighty and a bit forgetful or just a bit off. A few months ago I heard her speaking in one voice that sounded very scary and then respond in her own to it. I decided then enough was enough and I had to do something. I was able to convince her just to try it this way since the other things she had tried hadn’t given any success. I recently had her see a RN Psychiatrist and she was prescribed medication. It’s a first generation kind and it has made her a bit of a zombie. She has tried hiding her pills in her mouth on several occasions which has been stressful. My question is this: is it possible she will regain some of the person she was before this back? Or is she gone on untreated too long and I shouldn’t expect much change even with medication. No matter what I will continue to be her advocate and be her support but I just would like to know if I maybe getting my hopes up that I will ever get my mom back.