The Effectiveness of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy on Anxiety, Depression and Happiness in Women with Generalized Anxiety

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of psychology, Garmsar branch, Islamic Azad university, Garmsar, Iran

2 Assistant Professor in Department of psychology, Payame Noor University of Tehran, Iran

3 PhD student, Family Counseling Department, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad Branch, Mashhad, Iran

4 Ph.D. in Psychology, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


Introduction: The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of short-term dynamic psychotherapy on anxiety, depression and happiness in women with generalized anxiety disorder.
Methods: In this study, a quasi-experimental method with pretest and posttest with control group was used. Using convenience sampling method, 40 women with generalized anxiety were selected from the community of women with generalized anxiety in district 1 of Tehran city and were randomly divided into two groups of control and experimental. First, anxiety, depression, and happiness were administered to both groups, followed by a short-term, 8-session intervention psychotherapy intervention for the experimental group. Correlation was analyzed with the results.
Results: The results showed that short-term dynamic psychotherapy had a positive effect on decreasing anxiety (p≤0.001) and depression (p≤0.001) and increasing happiness (p≤0.001) in women with generalized anxiety. Meaningful.
Conclusion: Short-term dynamic psychotherapy can be used to reduce anxiety and depression and increase happiness as a result of improving the mental health of women with generalized anxiety.