distressed vs stressed


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This morning, I was at the dentist and she was recounting how 'distressed' she was. Listening to her, I thought that I would rather use the word 'stressed'.

What is the difference between ' I am stressed'', ' I am stressed out' and ' I am distressed'? Which one is more ubiquitous?
  • Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    I am stressed - I am under pessure, overworked, etc...
    I am distressed - I am very upset or unhappy about something.

    The two verbs have different meanings. It is more common for people to say they are stressed than to say that they are distressed.
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