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Table 2 Conflicts and diagnosis of the patients a) and Improvement on the specified diagnosis

From: Client-therapist dyads and therapy outcome: Does sex matching matters? A cross-sectional study

What complaints prompted you to seek therapeutic help? Did the therapy helped to alleviate the symptoms / problems you sought help for?
Sample Percentage I felt much better I felt somewhat better Everything remained unchanged It got worse I am not sure/ I don’t know
Diagnosis n % % n % n % n % n % n
Anxiety 767 63.3           
General fears 595 49.1 42.6 253 43.6 259 11.8 70 1.5 9 0.5 3
Panic attacks 333 27.5 50.6 167 31.8 105 14.8 49 2.4 8 0.3 1
Phobias 106 8.7 31.4 33 39.0 41 25.7 27 1.0 1 2.9 3
Exam anxiety 69 5.7 24.6 16 24.6 16 40.0 26 1.5 1 9.2 6
Fears of illness 252 20.8 30.2 76 39.3 99 26.6 67 3.2 8 0.8 2
Depressed or unsteady mood 1032 85.2           
Depressive complaints. e.g.. Sadness and listlessness 929 76.7 39.6 367 43.4 402 14.8 137 2.0 18 0.2 2
Bad mood. i. S. of irritability and anger 536 44.2 33.9 181 46.4 248 17.2 92 2.4 13
Grief over the loss of a loved one 394 32.5 32.4 127 40.1 157 25.0 98 1.8 7 0.8 3
Suicidality or thoughts of suicide 297 24.4 58.8 174 21.6 64 16.9 50 2.4 7 0.3 1
Addictive behavior 164 13.5           
Alcohol or drug problems 116 9.6 49.6 57 26.1 30 22.6 26 1.8 2
Other addictions (gambling, shopping, internet addiction …) 56 4.6 29.1 16 32.7 18 30.9 17 7.3 4
eating disorder 312 25.8           
anorexia 91 7.5 56.2 50 30.3 27 7.9 7 4.5 4 1.1 1
Bulimia nervosa 45 3.7 51.1 23 31.1 14 15.6 7 2.2 1  
Binge eating 93 7.7 33.3 31 31.2 29 33.3 31 1.1 1 1.1 1
Obesity 126 10.4 15.2 19 21.6 27 53.6 67 9.6 12
More complaints             
Compulsions/obsessions 199 16.4 41.1 81 36.5 72 16.8 33 3.5 7 2.0 4
Psychosomatic complaints 655 54.0 30.4 199 38.5 252 26.9 176 3.7 24 0.5 3
Sexual dysfunction 143 11.8 17.0 24 27.0 38 53.2 75 2.8 4
Problems coping with a physical illness 364 30.0 24.0 87 39.1 142 32.5 118 3.6 13 0.8 3
Traumatic event in life 629 51.9 30.4 191 43.9 276 23.1 145 1.7 11 1.0 6
Personality disorders 169 13.9 38.1 64 36.3 61 23.2 39 2.4 4
Other problems             
Sexual problems / conflicts 496 40.9 28.7 141 39.5 194 26.1 128 4.5 22 1.2 6
Conflicts / problems in the partnership 202 16.7 17.3 34 31.6 62 49.0 96 1.5 3 0.5 1
Problems with the children or other family members 498 41.1 36.0 166 33.0 152 26.2 121 3.3 15 1.5 7
Learning and / or work disorders 386 31.8 28.8 108 40.8 153 26.4 99 2.6 10 1.3 5
Problems in the workplace 396 32.7 30.9 105 34.7 118 27.4 93 6.2 21 0.9 3
  1. a) = Multiple answers were possible