I hope to finally get some answers after years of looking for relief.
I am a 20 year old female college student majoring in Biology and Philosophy.
Since I was young (4-5 yrs old) I have been head-banging before going to bed every single night. I find that it relaxes me and allows me to fall asleep better.
As I got older, I would (and still) head-bang during the day as means of relieving anxiety.
This has always been fine. I have seen doctors and neurologists who said that it wa a learned/conditioned behavior and that I was fine.
However, starting a couple of months ago, I find that after a head-banging episode I feel overwhelmingly anxious, have strange pressures and pains all over my head. Sometimes I'll head-bang and a pain will shoot randomly in my brain. My neck is often stiff afterwards and sometimes I feel confused and feel like my head is "full"
I have had about 5 episodes after headbanging where I feel extremely weird and have the sensation that I will pass out at any moment. I can only describe them as panic attacks. When this happens, I need to drink some water and lay down and after about 2 or so hours I'll feel better again. I have always been an excellent speller. However, I have noticed recently that my spelling abilites have degraded slightly.
I have absolutely no motor or vision problems. No tremors or anything like that.
I should also mention that I suffer from dysthymic disorder and am currently experiencing a terrible depressive episode. I don't know if all these symptoms are anxiety driven or if I'm inducing brain damage by banging my head. I have also been experiencing episodes of extreme fatigue. Again, I don't knowj if this is the depression or the headbanging.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. If there's anyt other relevant information, I am more than happy to provide it.