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Emotional IntensityPlay
Describes extreme emotions, stronger than just 'worried' or 'upset'. SlideBecoming distraught is common when experiencing life-altering events.
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Short-Term ReactionPlay
Usually refers to an immediate and intense emotional reaction to a situation. SlideAfter the verdict, the defendant's family was visibly distraught.
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Not for Mild IssuesPlay
Use 'distraught' for serious problems, not trivial matters. SlideShe was not just upset about the grade, she was distraught.