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I am thinking along the lines of a hypochondriac, only not necessarily limited to health.

Overly anxious comes to mind but I don't think it fits exactly...

In context:

'I don't want to come across as being a XXXX but I am concerned that it will get damaged'

I need it to sound more formal than just slang

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@WillHunting added above –  MeltingDog Aug 30 '12 at 0:05
    
When I read your example sentence, the first words I thought of were "overly cautious." It's a widespread term. Any reason why you don't want to go with the alternative in your title? –  J.R. Aug 30 '12 at 0:52
    
-1 shows no research effort, and close General Reference. –  MετάEd Aug 30 '12 at 2:43
    
Some research has not thrown up any satisfactory answers yet. Maybe there's a point in the OP's question. Not voting to close. –  Kris Oct 3 '12 at 14:03
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Doomsayer is a bit poetic/antiquated, but could pass in a "formal" context.

Scaremonger is just a little bit informal (but nothing like wuss, wimp, etc.)

If I didn't want to push the envelope with doomsayer, I'd probably use pessimist, alarmist, fatalist, dependant on exact context.

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There are numerous slang terms for this including:

nervous nellie

wuss

wimp

chicken

doormat

handwringer

worrywart

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+1 Worrywart was what popped into my head too. –  coleopterist Oct 3 '12 at 14:03
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A worrier is someone who worries a lot about bad things that might happen.

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