Oct 17, 2010

Manias and Obsessions

            Some of these mania words represent clinical illnesses, while others are merely facetious. They show the range of unusual and weird things with which one can become obsessed. These words are the ones found in major dictionaries; no doubt there are many others, given that, like phobias, manias are easy to form by taking a root word from Latin or Greek and affixing the suffix 'mania'.

    Word                                        Definition
ablutomania                       mania for washing oneself
aboulomania                      pathological indecisiveness
agromania                         intense desire to be in open spaces
andromania                       nymphomania
anglomania                       craze or obsession with England and the English
anthomania                       obsession with flowers
aphrodisiomania                abnormal sexual interest
arithmomania                    obsessive preoccupation with numbers
balletomania                     abnormal fondness for ballet
bibliomania                       craze for books or reading
bruxomania                       compulsion for grinding teeth
cacodemomania                pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit
catapedamania                  obsession with jumping from high places
chinamania                        obsession with collecting china
choreomania                     dancing mania or frenzy
clinomania                         excessive desire to stay in bed
copromania                       obsession with feces
cytheromania                    nymphomania
dacnomania                      obsession with killing
demonomania                   pathological belief that one is possessed by demons
dinomania                         mania for dancing
dipsomania                       abnormal craving for alcohol
discomania                       obsession for disco music
doramania                        obsession with owning furs
doromania                        obsession with giving gifts
drapetomania                    intense desire to run away from home
dromomania                     compulsive longing for travel
ecdemomania                   abnormal compulsion for wandering
egomania                          irrational self-centered attitude or self-worship
eleutheromania                 manic desire for freedom
empleomania                    mania for holding public office
enosimania                       pathological belief that one has sinned
entheomania                     abnormal belief that one is divinely inspired
epomania                          craze for writing epics
ergasiomania                     excessive desire to work; ergomania
ergomania                         excessive desire to work; workaholism
erotomania                       abnormally powerful sex drive
etheromania                      craving for ether
ethnomania                       obsessive devotion to one's own people
eulogomania                     obsessive craze for eulogies
flagellomania                     abnormal enthusiasm for flogging
florimania c                       raze for flowers
francomania                     craze or obsession with France and the French
gallomania                       craze or obsession with France and the French
gamomania                      obsession with issuing odd marriage proposals
Graecomania                   obsession with Greece and the Greeks
graphomania                    obsession with writing
gynaecomania                  abnormal sexual obsession with women
habromania                      insanity featuring cheerful delusions
hagiomania                       mania for sainthood
Hellenomania                   obsession with Greece and the Greeks; Graecomania
hexametromania               mania for writing in hexameter
hieromania                       pathological religious visions or delusions
hippomania                      obsession with horses
hydromania                      irrational craving for water
hylomania                        excessive tendency towards materialism
hypermania                      severe mania
hypomania                       minor mania
hysteromania                   nymphomania
iconomania                      obsession with icons or portraits
idolomania                      obsession or devotion to idols
infomania                         excessive devotion to accumulating facts
islomania                         craze or obsession for islands
Italomania                       obsession with Italy or Italians
kleptomania                     irrational predilection for stealing
klopemania                      kleptomania
logomania                        pathological loquacity
lypemania                        extreme pathological mournfulness
macromania                    delusion that objects are larger than natural size
megalomania                   abnormal tendency towards grand or grandiose behaviour
melomania                      Craze for music
methomania                    morbid craving for alcohol
metromania                     insatiable desire for writing verse
micromania                      pathological self-deprecation or belief that one is very small
monomania                      abnormal obsession with a single thought or idea
morphinomania                 habitual craving or desire for morphine
musomania                       obsession with music
mythomania                      lying or exaggerating to an abnormal extent
narcomania                      uncontrollable craving for narcotics
necromania                      sexual obsession with dead bodies; necrophilia
nosomania                       delusion of suffering from a disease
nostomania                      abnormal desire to go back to familiar places
nymphomania                  excessive or crazed sexual desire
oenomania                       obsession or craze for wine
oligomania                       obsession with a few thoughts or ideas
oniomania                        mania for making purchases
onomamania                    mania for names
onomatomania                 irresistible desire to repeat certain words
onychotillomania              compulsive picking at the fingernails
opiomania                       craving for opium
opsomania                      abnormal love for one kind of food
orchidomania                  abnormal obsession with orchids
parousiamania                 obsession with the second coming of Christ
pathomania                     moral insanity
peotillomania                  abnormal compulsion for pulling on the penis
phagomania                    excessive desire for food or eating
phaneromania                 habit of biting one’s nails
pharmacomania              abnormal obsession with trying drugs
phonomania                    pathological tendency to murder
photomania                    pathological desire for light
phyllomania                    excessive or abnormal production of leaves
phytomania                     obsession with collecting plants
planomania                     abnormal desire to wander and disobey social norms
plutomania                      mania for money
polemomania                   mania for war
politicomania                   mania for politics
polkamania                      craze for polka dancing
polymania                        mania affecting several different mental faculties
poriomania                       abnormal compulsion to wander
pornomania                      obsession with pornography
potichomania                   craze for imitating Oriental porcelain
potomania                       abnormal desire to drink alcohol
pseudomania                    irrational predilection for lying
pteridomania                     passion for ferns
pyromania                        craze for starting fires
rhinotillexomania               compulsive nose picking
rinkomania                       obsession with skating
satyromania                      abnormally great male sexual desire; satyriasis
scribbleomania                  obsession with scribbling
sebastomania                     religious insanity
sitiomania                          morbid aversion to food
sophomania                       delusion that one is incredibly intelligent
squandermania                   irrational propensity for spending money wastefully
stampomania                      obsession with stamp-collecting
syphilomania                      pathological belief that one is afflicted with syphilis
technomania                      craze for technology
Teutomania                       obsession with Teutonic or German things
thanatomania                     belief that one has been affected by death magic, and resulting illness
theatromania                      craze for going to plays
theomania                          belief that one is a god
timbromania                       craze for stamp collecting
tomomania                         irrational predilection for performing surgery
toxicomania                        morbid craving for poisons
trichotillomania                    neurosis where patient pulls out own hair
tulipomania                         obsession with tulips
typhomania                        delirious state resulting from typhus fever
typomania                          craze for printing one’s lucubrations
uranomania                         obsession with the idea of divinity
verbomania                        craze for words
xenomania                          inordinate attachment to foreign things
zoomania                            insane fondness for animals
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