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 that is not safe or advantageous)

nesomania, nesomaniac
An intense obsession with islands.
netomania, internetomania
Coined by psychiatrist, Nathan Shapira, of the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Shapira thinks that excessive online use should be considered not as a separate addiction but as a disorder of impulse control, in the same category as kleptomania or compulsive shopping. (As seen in USA Today, June 1, 1998).

An abnormal desire to have snow and to be active in snowy surroundings.
noctimania, noctomania
An intense fascination with night as opposed to daylight.
1. An obsession with imagined disease; such as, hypochondriacism or hypochondriasis.
2. An unfounded morbid belief that one is suffering from some special disease.
nostomania (s) (noun) (uncountable)
1. An exaggerated form of longing and reminiscence: Jane had been depressed and discontent for a long time and the doctor finally found out that she had a case of nostomania, being wistful and yearning for something she couldn't quite explain.
2. An intense homesickness or an irresistible urge to return home: Tom had been away at boarding school for only 3 months when he had a ver strong longing to visit his parents in his village and because of this condition of nostomania he booked his flight the very next day!
3. An overwhelming desire to go back to familiar places: Lynn always wanted to show her children where she came from, and after a spell of nostomania, they all traveled to California to visit all the wonderful sites, regions, and localities where she had been as a child and teenager.
A compulsion to return to one's home.
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Someone who has an irresistible or overwhelming desire to return home or go back to familiar places.
nudomania (s) (noun), nudomanias (pl)
A compulsion to be naked or a strong desire to be without clothes.
nymphomania, grave
Severe, active nymphomania in contrast to slight, platonic, or lesser nymphomania.
nymphomania, nymphomaniac, nymphomaniacal
1. A feminine mental disease characterized by some kind of morbid and uncontrollable desire for sex.
2. An abnormal, excessive, insatiable sexual desire in the female; the counterpart of satyriasis in a male.

Synonymous terms include: andromania; cytheromania; estromania; metromania; tentigo venerea; thelygonia; female hypersexuality.

An intense obsession or desire to be in crowds.
oenomania, enomania (ee nuh MAY nee uh) (s) (noun); oenomanias, enomanias (pl)
An abnormal interest in fermented grape juice either as a collector or as a consumer: Mr. Schmidt, who exhibited severe oenomania, caused his doctor to be greatly concerned because his patient was consuming an abnormal amount of wine each day!

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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-.