mania-, -mania, -maniac, -maniacal, -manic, -manically, -maniacally

(Greek: a specific mental disorder or obsessive preoccupation with something; madness, frenzy; obsession, or abnormal desire for or with something or someone; also, an excessive enthusiasm or fondness for something)

ablutomania (s) (noun), ablutomanias (pl)
1. An obsessional preoccupation with cleanliness, washing, or bathing, often accompanied by compulsive rituals: The doctor noticed that James had several ablutomanias which included an excessive scrubbing of his hands as well as cleansing his feet in a ritualistic manner several times each day.
2. A mental illness in which patients are driven to repeat the same act; such as, washing their hands, over and over again, usually for many hours: Some compulsive disorders, as indicated in ablutomanias, are often considered to be "obsessive-compulsive psychoneuroses".

Some ablutomanias are enormously time-consuming. A woman named Beth felt compelled to wash her hands in a certain way after touching "unclean" objects; namely, from fingers to wrist, from wrist to elbow, and from elbow to upper arm, and then to repeat the performance several times until her anxiety was over. As a result, Beth's hands often became painfully raw.

Arthur had ablutomanias that involved washing in a certain ritualistic order whenever he had a bath or cleaned objects. He said, "When I wash clothes or clean anything—floor, carpet, windows, and so on—I have to clean them in a specific way to make sure I do not miss anything. I can never hurry because I would not feel that it has been done properly."

Bathing starts during the day.
Bathing starts during the day.
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aboulomania, abulomania
1. A mental disorder in which there is a loss of will-power.
2. A pathological indecisiveness.
1. An obsolete term for chronic incurable insanity.
2. Any type of insanity in which agitation and motor excitement are prominent.
acronymania (s) (noun), acronymanias (pl)
A chronic incurable insanity.
An unhealthy process of putting on excessive weight (fat) by excessive eating of fat-producing foods (snacks, fast foods, etc.).
Fat man thinks he is physically well developed.
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Could this guy also have a significant obsession known as callomania, or the delusion that a person thinks he or she is "beautiful" or, in this case, physically well developed and handsome?

Hypersexuality in females. An obsolete term for nymphomania.
aeluromania, ailuromania, eluromania
1. An absurd desire to have many cats to such a degree that some people have been known to have dozens of cats in an apartment or house.
2. An intense enthusiasm for having many cats around; sometimes, even when conditions are not suitable for their existence.
3. An abnormal love of cats.
Woman has an excessive fondness for cats.
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1. Agoraphilia or a pathologic craving for public places.
2. A morbid dislike of being alone.
An “obsolete term” for a wild, ferocious mania.
agromania (s) (noun) (normally singular)
A strong desire or wish to live alone in a pastoral, countryside environment, in solitude, or withdrawal from society; sometimes a symptom of schizophrenia: Sam Jones wanted nothing more than to have a life of agromania, just by himself, his pet, and the pulse of the countryside.
An abnormal desire to live in the open areas or in isolation from humans.
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A person who has a morbid impulse to live in open country or in solitude.
1. An excessive desire to be on the streets.
2. An abnormal interest in streets.
A morbid desire to be punctured, perforated, or pierced with pointed objects.
An abnormal preoccupation with sexual fantasies or activities.
alcoholomania (s) (noun), alcoholomanias (pl)
Alcoholism; an excessive desire to drink alcoholic beverages.
Drunkenness is simply voluntary insanity.
—Seneca (c. 4 BC - AD 65) Roman writer, philosopher, statesman

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Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "anger, angry; rage, wrath, fury; rave": fur-, furi-; ira-; lysso-; rab-, rav-.