My mother who will be 84 has been exhibiting some signs of mental illness / dementia for quite some time. She also I've been told, can be very harsh which I had never experienced until 6 months ago when she got angry at a store for no apparent reason and went off and has not spoken to me now since this happened.
Any time I try to send a message she goes off on me. It was as simple as me asking her why she got upset with the sales lady and walked away.
It seems that nothing makes her happy anymore and it's dragging me down. Prior we talked two times a day but as I look back there were a few other incidences similar to this which were out of character for her.
She catches herself but is becoming more difficult to predict in social settings. Any suggestions on how to connect as I've tried numerous approaches.
She is very mean to my dad and he is at a loss and says she comes and goes half the time and he never knows what he'll get.
She is also telling lies on incidences that have just happened. I sense she is losing control and is working overtime to make it right. Any suggestions on what my next step might be?
She has done this with my sister and brother also who don't live close by. I'm the only sibling living in the area.
She is unwilling to ever look at her behavior and my guess is she would refuse medication if they prescribed it to her.