What is a noun for someone who unduly stresses? For example, a worrywart is someone who constantly yet excessively worries. However, there is a vast difference between "stressing" and "worrying," so "bundle of nerves" does not count. Therefore, a _______ is someone who constantly yet excessively stresses.

Any help is appreciated!

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    Anxiety is marked by excessive stress, so anxious, perhaps.
    – user405662
    Mar 31, 2021 at 17:05
  • @user405662 Yes, but anxious is not a noun (i.e., someone cannot be an "anxious"). I appreciate your help, though. Mar 31, 2021 at 17:09
  • I doubt there is a noun you can use there.
    – Lambie
    Mar 31, 2021 at 19:56
  • Most adjectives can be nouned, to refer to someone or something that is characterized by the adjective.
    – Barmar
    Mar 31, 2021 at 20:48
  • I can't think of a word for this, either. But there are some animals that are typically viewed as anxious, you might be able to use one of these figuratively.
    – Barmar
    Mar 31, 2021 at 20:50

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While "burnout" is a noun synonymous with fatigue and apathy born out from stress, it does not suggest a person with said traits. I would use a neurotic to fit the bill.

Source: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/neurotic

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