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)

philopatridomania (s) (noun), philopatridomanias (pl)
1. An irresistible urge to stay home; homesickness.
2. A compulsion to return to one’s native land, as seen in prisoners of war.
phlebotomomania
A compulsion for bloodletting as was once practiced by “medical” doctors who believed that most illnesses were caused by diseased blood and could only be cured by bleeding their patients; even if it killed them.
phonomania
An obsession with noise or sounds.
phonomania
Defined as homicidal mania (where Greek phonos = murder); an older term for homicidomania.
photomania
1. An irresistible craving for light or the sun (heliolatry).
2. A morbid or exaggerated desire for light.
3. Maniacal symptoms increased by the effect of light.
phrenomania
An obsolete term for collapse delirium; delirious mania.
phronemomania
A compulsion to be thinking all the time.
phthisiomania
An abnormal interest in tuberculosis; such as, an over concern that one might contract the disease.
phyllomania
An abnormally excessive development of leaves.
phytomania
A craze for collecting plants.
planomania
1. A compulsion to wander.
2. The morbid impulse to leave home and discard many social restraints.
3. A strong desire, or urge, to live a life of simplicity free from social restraints or obligations.
plutomania (s) (noun), plutomanias (pl)
1. An insane love of or pursuit of wealth: The old man was known for his plutomania in that he was always seeking financial advantages instead of friendships.
2. A form of insanity in which people imagine or delude themselves into thinking that they possess great wealth: The doctor diagnosed Mr. Smith as having a severe case of plutomania based on his observation that the patient pretended to be wealthy and frequently wrote checks involving fictitious bank accounts.
Insanity marked by delusions of wealth.
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plutomaniac (s) (noun), plutomaniacs (pl)
Characterized by a person who has an insane love or pursuit of wealth: "Kim's father had a reputation for being a plutomaniac who emphasized his financial gains much more than any devotion to his family."
pogomaniac (s) (noun), pogomaniacs (pl)
Someone who is obsessed with having a beard no matter what anyone says about the unhealthy conditions that exist with beards or other negative aspects of beards.
pogonomania (s) (noun), pogonomanias (pl)
An excessive desire to have a beard or an obsession with seeing men with beards.

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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-.