Anxiety and panic attacks can interfere with your daily life. If that's the case, it’s time to talk about it with your doctor. A doctor can help you find the right treatments so you can cope with your emotions. You can learn to overcome your fears and move through your life with more ease. You might wonder whether your symptoms are bad enough that you need help. Think about how often you deal with anxiety and panic attacks. Think about how much they affect your life. Here are signs to look for: You're struggling to make it through each day. Everyone has worries. But people with anxiety disorders and panic attacks worry so much they can't get through the day. Anxiety and panic attacks can keep you from finishing work or school projects on time. You may not be able to take care of your responsibilities at home. For instance, you might have trouble caring for family members, doing household chores, going grocery shopping, or fixing meals. If anxiety and panic attacks are causing problems in key areas of your life, it's time to reach out for help. You're having physical problems. Constant anxiety can take a toll on your health. You may have frequent nausea, diarrhea or stomach pain. You might have trouble sleeping. You could be constantly irritable. You may feel your heart race. Or you may get sweaty when you start to worry. You may have tense and sore muscles, headaches, or round-the-clock fatigue. Sometimes a panic attack can feel like you're having a heart attack or even like you're dying. It's a good idea to see your doctor for a checkup to make sure you don't have another illness or condition that's causing your symptoms. Your doctor can also help you find ways to manage your panic attacks and ease anxiety. You're having thoughts of suicide. People with anxiety may also suffer from depression. When depression is severe, some people think about suicide. If you have any thoughts of harming yourself, getting immediate medical help is essential. Go to an emergency room. A mental health professional will evaluate you to determine the level of risk. Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You're turning to alcohol or drugs. It is hard to cope with constant anxiety and the fear of having another panic attack. Some people turn to recreational drugs or alcohol to find relief. That's not a good idea. Drugs and alcohol can make anxiety, depression and other mental health issues worse. There are treatment methods that will help you manage anxiety and panic attacks without substance use. You're avoiding people and places. Anxiety and fear of a panic attack can keep you stuck at home. If you find yourself staying away from people, places or events that you once enjoyed, your anxiety is interfering with your life. Seeking treatment lets you take control of your life again. It will help you overcome your anxiety. You'll find the joy—not the fear—in everyday living.