It's hard to know how hard you were hitting yourself, because proper covering up shouldn't hurt your head, it should just protect you from the far more concussive problem of getting hit. Now, I practiced martial arts, not boxing, but we all learn how to protect ourselves from getting hit while we're striking, and it shouldn't involve hitting yourself in the head. So my guess is, you're not in any danger of concussion from covering up, and given your limited time doing this and not doing it against really expert strikers, you're probably free and clear. It doesn't sound like you were ever knocked unconscious, for example. But this isn't really the issue, because you can't undo what was done. The problem, as mentioned above, is you're worrying about things to an extent that it's interfering with your life, which even if there were something wrong would just be suffering twice. That's what those of us with anxiety -- we create additional problems. Have you ever been to a therapist who specializes in anxiety treatment, such as CBT, to see if you can learn to not think this way? Peace.
I am not down playing concussions/head injuries. I'm just saying A lot of people with serious head trauma (I can't remember the medical term for it) were athletes who took many shots to the head over many years and played while they had the concussion/still had concussion symptoms. AND before we knew about the seriousness of injuries to the brain. There is a reason why in sports today that people need to pass concussion protocol tests before they are allowed to return to activity.
I suppose I'm trying to relate this to sports as you talked about boxing.
First let me say that us people with health anxiety will always find something new to worry about until we address our anxiety problem. Heck I still find different health issues to worry about, but I focus more on tackling the anxiety then the "health issue" I created in my head.
How long were you boxing for? Did you suffer any concussions? I've done my fair share of sports, have been dinged in the head, no concussions.
Think about some people who are successful today to took hits to the head multiple times. Mike Tyson(actor). Troy aikman, Jim nantz (Former QBs, now announce in the nfl). **** Butkus (former nfl player who used the terrible helmets! Now in his 70s on nfl countdown). Chanel sonnen (former ufc fighter, now broadcaster)
I really could go on and on. But these are people who took blows to the head for years upon years before we really knew about the how serious head trauma is.
My point is, if you weren't boxing for a very long period, didn't suffer any major head injuries while boxing I'm sure you're fine!
Heck my best bud had 4 concessions in high school from football/basketball and he's doing pretty darn good.
I know, but if I wanted to see someone on our national healthcare, I would need a referral from my doctor, otherwise I would have to pay privately and it's not affordable for me
You don't need a referral to see a therapist. If it's something you want to try, it's up to you.