Manias

The following is a collection of mania words, words formed by root words from Latin or Greek with the added suffix -mania. A mania is: (1) A specific mental disorder or obsessive preoccupation with something; a madness, frenzy; obsession, fascination, or an abnormal desire for or with something or someone, or (2) Excessive enthusiasm or fondness for something that could be related to a variety of psychiatric disorders; such as frenzy, hysteria and delirium. In other words, an abnormal attraction or obsession.

Note that this, as with phobias, is simply a catalogue of intriguing words, not a medical reference.

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ablutomaniaAn obsessional preoccupation with cleanliness, washing or bathing
aboulomaniaForm of insanity marked by loss of will-power
acronymaniaObsession with acronyms
agromaniaIntense desire to be alone or out in the open
aidoiomaniaAbnormally strong craving for sexual intercourse
ailuromaniaExcessive fondness for cats
alcoholomaniaAlcoholism; an excessive desire to drink alcoholic beverages
andromaniaSynonym of nymphomania
androphonomaniaHomicidal insanity
AnglomaniaExcessive enthusiasm for all things English
anthomaniaGreat love of flowers
aphrodisiomaniaAbnormal sexual interest
apimaniaObsession with bees
arithmomaniaObsessive preoccupation with numbers
arithomaniaSynonym of arithmomania

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balletomaniaExtraordinary enthusiasm for ballets
BeatlemaniaFrenzied desire for anything related to the musical group "The Beatles"
bibliokleptomaniaCompulsion to steal and to possess books
bibliomaniaCompulsion to collect and possess books
bracteomaniaIn plants, excessive production of bracts
bruxomaniaUnconscious persistent grinding of the teeth
brycomaniaSevere form of bruxomania

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cacodaemonomaniaSynonym of cacodemonomania
cacodemonomaniaObsession that one is possessed by an evil spirit
cacospectamaniaObsession with staring at repulsive things
callomaniaDelusion that one is beautiful
capnomaniaAddiction to smoking tobacco products
catapedamaniaAbnormal interest in jumping from high places
cheromaniaCompulsion towards gaiety
chinamaniaObsession with collecting china
chionomaniaObsessive desire for snow
chiromaniaIn males, morbid impulse to masturbate
chloralomaniaAddiction to chloral
choreomaniaCompulsion for dancing
choromaniaSynonym of choreomania
chrematomaniaObsession with money
chronomaniaObsession with time
cingulomaniaIn males, strong desire to hold a female in one's arms
clinomaniaExcessive desire to stay in bed
coprolalomaniaObsession with foul speech
copromaniaObsession with feces
cremnomaniaObsession with cliffs
cresomaniaDelusion of possessing great wealth
cynomaniaIntense enthusiasm or obsession for dogs
cytheromaniaSynonym of nymphomania

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dacnomaniaObsession with killing
demonomaniaPathological belief that one is possessed by demons
desanimaniaMindless insanity
dipsomaniaMorbid and insatiable craving for alcohol
doramaniaCompulsion to own furs or animal skins
doromaniaAbnormal desire to give presents
drapetomaniaUncontrollable desire to run away from home
dromomaniaUncontrollable impulse to wander or travel
dysmorphomaniaDelusional conviction that one is physically deformed or otherwise abnormal

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ecdemomaniaCompulsion to wander
ecomaniaDomineering behaviour at home and humility toward persons in authority
edeomaniaAbnormal interest in genitals
egomaniaObsessive preoccupation with the self
eleutheromaniaStrong desire for freedom
emetomaniaMorbid impulse to vomit
empleomaniaInsatiable urge to hold public office
enomaniaSynonym of oenomania
enosimaniaObsessional belief that one has sinned
entheomaniaAbnormal belief that one is divinely inspired
entomomaniaCompulsive fascination with insects
epomaniaCraze for writing epics
eremiomaniaIrresistible craving for stillness
ergasiomaniaObsessive need to work
ergomaniaSynonym of ergasiomania
eroticomaniaAbnormal interest in erotica
erotodromomaniaMorbid impulse to travel as an escape from some painful sexual situation
erotographomaniaStrong desire to write love letters or poetry
erotomaniaExcessive sexual desire
erythromaniaUncontrollable blushing
esthesiomaniaInsanity with sensory hallucinations
estromaniaIn menstruating women, intense sexual desire
etheromaniaAddiction to ether
ethnomaniaObsessive devotion to one's own race, people or ancestry
eulogomaniaObsessive craze for eulogies

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flagellomaniaAbnormal enthusiasm for flogging
florimaniaObsession with flowers
FrancomaniaObsession with all things French
fumimaniaSynonym of capnomania

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GallomaniaStrong predilection for anything French
gamomaniaUrge to make extravagant marriage proposals
gephyromaniaIrresistible fascination with bridges
glazomaniaObsessional list-making
graphomaniaCompulsion to write
GrecomaniaExcessive passion for things Greek
gymnogynomaniaUrge to spy on people while they are undressing
gynaecomaniaSexual craving for women
gymnomaniaObsession with nakedness
gynecomaniaIn males, extreme sexual desire
gynonudomaniaOverwhelming urge to rip off a woman's clothes

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habromaniaMorbid impulse toward gaiety
hagiomaniaMania for sainthood
hedonomaniaCompulsive pursuit of pleasure
heliomaniaUncontrollable craving for the sun
HellenomaniaObsession with Greece and the Greeks
hematomaniaObsession with blood
heroinomaniaAddiction to heroin
hieromaniaPathological religious visions or delusions
hippomaniaObsession with horses
hodomaniaCompulsion to travel
homicidomaniaCompulsion to commit murder
hydrodipsomaniaEpileptic condition characterised by attacks of insatiable thirst
hydromaniaIrrational craving for water
hylomaniaExcessive tendency towards materialism
hypermaniaIntense mania with overwhelming tensions, marked disorientation & incoherence
hyperpolysyllabicomaniaExcessive fondness for big words
hypomaniaAbnormal mood elevation with heightened mental activity
hysteromaniaSynonym of nymphomania

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ichthyomaniaObsession with fish
iconomaniaInfatuated devotion to images
idolomaniaObsession with idols
infomaniaExcessive devotion to accumulating facts
internetomaniaSynonym of netomania
islomaniaInsatiable attraction to islands
ItalomaniaObsession with Italy or Italians

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JapanomaniaOverly enthusiastic desire for what is Japanese

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kathisomaniaCompulsion to sit down
klazomaniaCompulsion to shout
kleptomaniaCompulsion to steal
klopemaniaSynonym of kleptomania

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lagneuomaniaAbnormal preoccupation with lewd talk and actions
lalomaniaCompulsive or abnormal desire to talk excessively
letheomaniaObsessive fascination with narcotics
logomaniaCompulsion to talk very fast and loud
lycomaniaLycanthropy, belief that one can change into a wolf or other animal
lypemaniaIntense nervous depression

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machlaemomaniaMasochism in females
macromaniaDelusion in which things seem larger than natural size
megalomaniaDelusional belief that one is of great importance; mania for doing grand actions
melomaniaExcessive interest in music
mentulomaniaObsession with the penis
methomaniaIrresistible desire for intoxicating substances
metromaniaInsatiable desire for writing verse
misomaniaHatred of everything
micromaniaPathalogical depreciation of oneself
monomaniaPathalogical obsession with a single subject or idea
morphinomaniaUncontrollable craving for morphine
musicomaniaExcessive fondness for music
musomaniaSynonym of musicomania
mythomaniaCompulsion to tell lies

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narcomaniaUncontrollable craving for narcotics
necromaniaIrresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies
nepiomaniaIn females, abnormally strong desire to have a child
nesomaniaObsession with islands
netomaniaAddiction to the Internet
noctimaniaObsession with night
nosomaniaObsession with imagined disease
nostomaniaAbnormal desire to return to familiar places
nudomaniaObsession with nudity
nymphomaniaIn females, excessive sexual desire and behavior

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ochlomaniaObsession with crowds
oenomaniaObsession with wine
oikomaniaObsession with home
oinomaniaSynonym of oenomania
oligomaniaObsession with a few thoughts or ideas
oniomaniaUncontrollable urge to buy things
onomamaniaObsession with names
onomatomaniaObsession with a particular word
onychotillomaniaCompulsion to mutilate one's fingernails and toenails
oophoromaniaPsychosis associated with ovarian disease
ophidiomaniaExcessive interest in reptiles
opiomaniaCraving for opium
opsomaniaObsession with a particular food
orchestromaniaCompulsion to dance
orchidomaniaAbnormal obsession with orchids
oreximaniaCompulsion to eat
ornithomaniaPassion for birds

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parateresiomaniaObsession with being a voyeur
parousiamaniaObsession with the second coming of Christ
pathomaniaMoral insanity
pedomaniaObsession with children
peotillomaniaAbnormal compulsion to pull on the penis
petalomaniaIn plants, abnormal multiplication of petals
phagomaniaObsession with food and eating
phaneromaniaHabit of biting nails, picking at scars, etc.
pharmacomaniaAbnormal obsession with trying drugs
philemanmaniaCompulsion to kiss
philopatridomaniaSynonym of nostomania
phlebotomomaniaCompulsion to bloodlet
phonomaniaSynonym of homicidomania
photomaniaPathological desire for light
phronemomaniaCompulsion to think
phyllomaniaIn plants, abnormal or excessive production of leaves
phytomaniaObsession with collecting plants
planomaniaAbnormal desire to wander and disobey social norms
plutomaniaExcessive or abnormal desire for wealth
polemomaniaCompulsion to war
politicomaniaMorbid or excessive interest in politics
polkamaniaCraze for polka dancing
polyembolokoilamaniaCompulsion to insert foreign bodies into body orifices (especially ears)
polymaniaMania affecting several different mental faculties
poriomaniaPathological compulsion to aimlessly wander
pornographomaniaCompulsion to write sexually obscene material and graffiti
pornomaniaExcessive or obsessive fondness for pornography
potichomaniaArt or process of coating insides of glass vessels, to give appearance of paint wear
potomaniaSynonym of dipsomania
pseudomaniaIrrational predilection for lying
pteridomaniaMadness, craze or strong fancy for ferns
pyromaniaCompulsion to set fires

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(None known)

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rhinotillexomaniaCompulsion to pick one's nose (Should preperly be rhinotillomania)
rhizomaniaIn sugarbeet, abnormal root development
rinkomaniaObsession with skating
RussomaniaExcessive desire for Russian culture and related objects

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satyromaniaIn males, abnormally great sexual desire
schizomaniaCombination of a manic and major depressive syndrome
scribblemaniaSynonym of scribbleomania
scribbleomaniaObsession with scribbling
scribomaniaObsession with writing
sebastomaniaReligious insanity
selenomaniaObsession with the moon
siderodromomaniaIntense fascination with railroad travel
sitiomaniaObsession with food
sitomaniaSynonym of sitiomania
sophomaniaObsession with one's own wisdom
squandermaniaProdigious squandering (usually by a government)
stampomaniaObsession with stamp-collecting
strychninomaniaMental aberration due to strychnine poisoning
sudokumaniaObsession with Sudoku puzzles
syphilomaniaPathological belief that one is afflicted with syphilis

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technomaniaCraze for technology
TeutonomaniaOverly enthusiastic desire for what is Teutonic or German
thalassomaniaIntense fascination with the sea
thanatomaniaAbnormal obsession with death
theatromaniaExcessive fondness for going to the theatre
theomaniaObsessive delusion that one is God
timbromaniaInordinate enthusiasm for postage stamps
tomomaniaObsession with surgery
toxicomaniaAddiction to poisonous substances (e.g. drugs)
trichokryptomaniaSynonym of trichotillomania
trichomaniaIntense fascination with hair
trichotillomaniaCompulsion to pull out one's own hair
triskaidekamaniaExcessive enthusiasm for the number 13
tristimaniaHypochondriasis
tulipomaniaObsession with tulips
TurkomaniaOverly enthusiastic desire for what is Turkish
typhomaniaDelirious state resulting from typhus fever
typomaniaObsession with seeing ones' writings in print

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uranomaniaDelusion that one is of Heavenly descent
uteromaniaSynonym of nymphomania

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verbomaniaExcessive fondness for words

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~ W ~

(None known)

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xenomaniaObsessive interest in foreigners or for things foreign

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~ Y ~

(None known)

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zoomaniaExcessive fondness for and preoccupation with animals

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