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)

1. Compulsive pulling or stroking of one's hair.
2. An abnormal desire to pull out one's hair, usually out of the scalp.
An abnormal desire to break off one's hair or beard with the fingernails.
An intense fascination with hair.
trichorrhexomania, trichokryptomania, trichomania
1. An impulse to pinch off one’s hair.
2. A compulsion to break off hairs of the scalp or beard with the fingernails.
1. A compulsive desire to pull out one's own hair.
2. Pleasure, gratification, or relief when pulling out one's hair.
3. The unnatural and irresistible urge to pullout one's own hair.

It is estimated that eight million Americans are affected by this compulsive action.

Sites of hair pulling may include any region of the body in which hair may grow with the most common areas being the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes. Stressful circumstances frequently cause some increased hair-pulling behavior, but increased hair pulling also occurs in states of relaxation and distraction; such as, when watching television or reading a book.

Trichotillomania (TTM) or "trich" is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, beard hair, nose hair, pubic hair, eyebrows or other body hair. It may be distantly related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, with which it shares both similarities and differences.

tristemania or tristimania
Melancholia [a major depressive condition such as feelings of painful dejection or an irritable mood] or extreme sadness.
troglomania (s) (noun), troglomanias (pl)
An abnormal desire to be in or to dwell in subterranean cavities: Sam, the strange young man who was seen in the village, appeared to experience a form of troglomania, preferring to live in a cavern instead of a house.
troglomaniac (s) (noun), troglomaniacs (pl)
Someone who has an abnormal desire to be in or to reside in underground chambers: Although the old man had been diagnosed as a troglomaniac, his condition was not considered life-threatening and he was allowed to continue to live in the nearby tunnel in the mountain.
Delirium tremens [an acute hallucinatory delirium, marked memory impairment, disorientation, and a coarse, generalized tremor that involves particularly the fingers, face, and tongue].
A rage for Turkish manners or customs; excessive favor of Turkish policy.
A muttering delerium characteristic of that in typhoid fever and typhus.
1. A craze for seeing one’s writings or name in print; a craze for typology or symbolism.
2. A mania for writing for publication.
The delusion that one comes from celestial, or extraterrestrial, origins.
Nymphomania or insanity associated with uterine disorders.

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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-.