Repressed Negative Emotions – The Greatest Breeder of Anxiety Disorders

Helping clients suffering from various anxiety disorders in my therapy clinic in Bradford and through my online anxiety recovery programmes, for many years now, has continued to confirm one of my strongest persuasions that the major cause of anxiety-related disorders lies in repressed negative emotions.

neagtive emotionsMy therapy approach has always centred around helping clients to release their negative emotions, (past, present and future) and the results have been tremendously great. I can’t still believe why many psychologists and therapists are still ignoring or minoring on this powerful discovery in their therapy sessions with anxiety sufferers. I think almost nobody is going the extra-mile, digging deep to expose the roots of anxiety disorder hidden in the negative emotions since Freud.


In fact, some therapists have built their successful careers on developing coping strategies for anxiety sufferers. And in the process, they have become extremely proficient in helping their anxiety patients master various coping mechanisms for living amicably with their anxiety – which, without any doubt, can be hugely helpful.

But I believe we can even do better by leading anxiety sufferers to total freedom , as opposed to only helping them cope and live with their anxiety.

I have proven it over and over again in my work with anxiety sufferers – that the major cause of anxiety panic disorders is rooted in the repressed or unexpressed negative emotions. And several of my clients who are using my anxiety recovery manual around the world are constantly singing the praises of its simplicity and effectiveness.

As I tweeted recently, “You cannot detach yourself from the anxiety whose source you are still emotional attached to.” In other words, until you detach from the source of your anxiety, you cannot dis-entangle your mind and body from its negative effects.

Ignoring repressed negative emotions in treating anxiety-disorders is like ignoring excessive eating in treating obesity. Just like the formula for losing weight has remained simple for centuries – “Eat Less and Exercise More,” the formula for overcoming anxiety-related disorders has also remained simple for centuries – “Store Less Negative Emotions and Exercise the Power of Positive Thinking More.”

But unfortunately, we have embraced the latter and resented the former. It is exactly like losing weight, many of us don’t mind exercising more, but we struggle to give up eating more than necessary.

If you are a human being, surely you must have experienced unpleasant moments or situations that generated gallons of negative emotions into your subconscious mind. It could be rejections, disappointments, redundancy, divorce, separation, unemployment, love withheld in childhood, loss of a loved one, loss of a cherished pet, failures, disabilities, abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual), poverty, just to mention a few. while we might be able to identify some causes of our negative emotions,  some causes of negative emotions can still be unknown to the conscious mind, but recorded, kept fresh and well known to the subconscious mind.

Once your negative emotions reservoir is filled up in the subconscious mind, then your brain must very quickly produce anxious feelings, anxiety, panic, OCD or any other anxiety-related condition. The purpose of this act is to stop those raging and overflowing negative emotions in the subconscious from exploding into your conscious mind. Because if this happens, you can lose your mind. So the brain produces outlets or channels for those negative emotions to express themselves without having to break their bank.

And this is what nearly all anxiety-related symptoms are. They are simply outlets of raging and unprocessed negative emotions. And what does that really mean? It means if you can adequately get rid of your negative emotions, you can get rid of your anxiety.

There are more than 50 different types of negative emotions, but anger is the most ferocious – it is a killer. When anger is repressed for so long, it turns to rage and begins to produce other complex outlets such as irrational fear – which, by the way, is one of the biggest players as far as stress, anxiety and other anxiety-related outlets are concerned.

So if you are currently suffering from anxiety, think “negative emotions.” The more you un-clutter them, the more you un-fasten your mind and body from anxiety disorders. But in combating the roots of your repressed negative emotions, you must know how to go about it. There are proven steps you must follow for greater effectiveness and success.

To help you achieve this, I have written an anxiety recovery manual which many people have used successfully and are still using around the world to overcome their anxiety. It is free to download. If you are interested, you can request yours here.

Why not be on the look out for my next article. It will provide a simple frame work for you to overcome fear.

Talk to you soon!


The Easily Ignored Cure For Anxiety Panic Disorders was originally published on Wale Oladipo

Please leave me a comment or question and tell me your thought about this blog post. Thank you!


  • Sam Clayton

    Reply Reply September 4, 2016

    Hi Wale,
    I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for the past few years since I graduated from high school. I’m pretty sure I now know what emotions I’m repressing too.
    My parents force me to go to their church (and participate) or they’ll kick me out of the house. For now I’ve just tried to suck it up and go, because I don’t have the money to both live on my own and pay for college without taking out loans. The fact is I feel resentful towards my parents, but I don’t think I can express it without being punished.
    How would you suggest I deal with my emotions in a situation like this?

    Sam Clayton

    • admin

      Reply Reply September 4, 2016

      Hey Sam, thanks for getting in touch. Based on what you have written (of course I know that there is more to your story than these three paragraphs), the best way to deal with your emotions towards your parents is to choose to forgive them. See their current actions as their own way of making sure that you d0 well in life, even though in the short-term, this is having a negative effect on your emotional wellbeing. The nervous system is not built to hold up repressed negative emotions for too long. It gradually destroys your wellness and generates all kinds of anxiety-related disorders. I suggest that you sit down and write down on paper exactly how you feel towards your parents. Basically pour out your negative emotions and express your feelings fully in black and white. Then, when you are ready, imagine that your mum and dad are seated in front of you. Then read the entire letter to your imaginary mum and dad. Afterward, say that you forgive them and release them from your mental prison. you can destroy the sheets of paper after you have finished. This is a powerful exercise that has helped many people deal with situations such as yours, especially when telling the other party(s) exactly how you feel is neither a good idea – as in a parent-child relationship – or never allowed. Process your emotions in this way and resolve to obey them until you are no longer under their care and protection. If what you are being asked to do does not involve anything harmful, abusive or detrimental to yourself personally, go ahead and do it even though it might not be your cup of tea. Work toward peace while you are still together under one roof. This will benefit your parents, and yourself especially. Your negative emotions reservoir would reduce drastically, relinquishing more control to you to be able to lead a healthy emotional life and move on to great things. Hope this is helpful? Best Regards… Wale

      • Sam Clayton

        Reply Reply September 4, 2016

        Thanks for responding in such a timely fashion. I guess some more details would help. My family is Mormon, and ultra religious. I guess I feel guilty and two faced for participating, because i don’t really believe–i just maintain this facade. In fact, Mormonism has scared me away from organized religion in general. My parents know I don’t believe, but want me to participate anyway for the sake of my younger siblings. So it’s this moral dilemma that’s eating me alive. Because I feel like actively participating in my church violates my integrity.

        Perhaps I’m reading to much into it though.

  • Sarah

    Reply Reply May 5, 2018

    I have been suffering from anxiety and depression for
    5 years now. I read your article and I have no idea what I am angry about or who I am angry with but my life is getting smaller and smaller. It’s getting hard for me to drive now and I don’t understand what is going on? The only thing I’m mad about right now is that Ive spent thousands of dollars trying to get better and I’ve gotten nowhere. I’ve faced every fear and conquered only to wake up the next day with the same fear knocking on my door. How do I get over this?

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