My mother has lived a good life, a kind woman. For as long as I can remember she often had dramatic, extreme responses to life. This has gotten worse over the years, and she became non yielding to advice or attempts to calm her. This was all years before a dementia diagnosis. Now these same traits are out of control. She is so compulsive and urgent about everything. Was her personality a sign of pending dementia, or is the personality just exaggerated from the dementia? It has really made me wonder if she really had no control over herself in her younger days? She has always seemed a manic, but avoided any meds or even doctors for that matter. She still refuses meds.