The word you're looking for is exacerbated.
but no doubt some people have been exasperated by the whole deal
Hehe, yea, that's what i get for relying on firefox's spellcheck too much. I knew it didn't look right, but FF didn't complain.
Actually, just googled both words. They can have the same meaning when used in the same context.
So no, I wasn't horribly mispelling the word I was thinking of. You just thought I was.