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distress

1. mental pain; anguish
2. physical or financial trouble
3. in distress (of a ship, aircraft, etc.) in dire need of help
4. Law
a. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc.; distraint
b. the property thus seized
c. US (as modifier): distress merchandise
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Methods of coping with morally distressing situations were also identified (McClendon & Buckner, 2007).
For most people, intrusive thoughts are relatively short-lived and undisruptive; however, they are highly problematic and distressing for some (Freeston & Ladouceur, 1999) and are thought to be underreported even in clinical populations (Grant, Pinto, Gunnip, Mancebo, Eisen, & Rasmussen, 2006).
Goals include: (a) identifying life situations that increase distress, (b) reducing the scope of distressing emotions and their impact on coping efforts, (c) increasing the effectiveness of problem-solving coping efforts to manage problematic situations, and (d) teaching skills that will enable the cancer survivor to deal effectively with distressing emotions and anticipated problems.