Chronic dieting has been linked to mood dysregulation. This could be due to an increased focus on size and weight, affecting body image and self esteem. This is often characterised by negative self talk, body or mirror checking for flaws, causing drops in mood. It could also be due to continually feeling like a failure at something that is perceived to be important i.e. weight loss, which can affect self worth. Conversely, not getting enough energy, carbohydrates, and micronutrients can also have a physiological effect that can lead to low mood and in some cases depression.
What to do if this affects you?
Talk to a therapist and focus on limiting behaviours that decrease mood and implementing behaviours that increase mood. Increasing food intake and stopping restriction.