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)

chloralomania (s) (noun), chloralomanias (pl)
Addiction for or an abnormal desire for alcohol and chlorine.
choleromania (s) (noun), choleromanias (pl)
An abnormal condition or mania sometimes exhibited by victims of cholera or the acute, infectious, and often fatal disease of the stomach and intestines involving vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.

Choleromanias have been known for centuries where outbreaks of the disease have occurred because of a lack sanitation and by consuming food or water that has been contaminated with disease causing ingredients.

choreomania or choromania (s) (noun); choreomanias or choromanias (pl)
A craze for dancing: Choreomanias were disorders that were prevalent in the Middle Ages in which weird patterns of involuntary movement; such as, hysterical chorea were superficially resembling chorea occurred.

Choreomanias were also called "dancing chorea, epidemic chorea, jumping chorea, jumping disease, dancing mania, choromania, dancing disease, tarantism, jumping sickness, and tarentism".

chrematomania (s) (noun), chrematomanias (pl)
An obsessive desire for money or a significant preoccupation with creating wealth.
cibomania (s) (noun), cibomanias (pl)
An excessive desire to eat all kinds of food whether they are nutritious or not and usually they are even very fattening.
Modern food is a "natural substance" most of whose ingredients are artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.
—Anonymous
cingulomania (s) (noun), cingulomanias (pl)
A strong desire to hold a person in one's arms whether he or she is known or not.
cleptomania, kleptomania (s) (noun); cleptomanias, kleptomanias (pl)
Cleptomaniac in action.

A click on this image will take you to an example of a cleptomaniac in action.




cleptomania, kleptomania (s) (noun); cleptomanias, kleptomanias (pl)
An irresistible tendency to steal in which someone steals not because of necessity but as a result of some compulsion.

The bibliokleptomania page is available. A true story about a cleptomaniac or art thief.


clinomania (s) (noun), clinomanias (pl)
An excessive or abnormal desire to stay in bed: The older people get, the more clinomanias they have and babies have such tendencies, also .

Of course, when anyone is ill, he or she has a stronger preference for clinomania!

cnesomania (s) (noun), cnesomanias (pl)
An uncontrollable urge to scratch: Jim's dog apparently has fleas that are irritating it because she has a lot of cnesomanias lately.
cocainomania (s) (noun), cocainomanias (pl)
A morbid craving for cocaine or a white, bitter, crystalline drug that is used to deaden pain and as a stimulant: Cocainomanias are often a result of insanity with weird delusions which accompany the excessive use of cocaine when taken for pleasure.
coimetromania, koimetromania (s) (noun); coimetromanias, koimetromanias
An abnormal attraction to and desire to visit cemeteries: There are some people who have coimetromanias that involve compulsions to examine various graves and other burial places whenever they have a chance.
Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here;
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.
—William Shakespeare
coprolalomania
An obsession to involuntarily utter vulgar or obscene words.
coprolamania
Obsession with foul speech or a compulsion to use filthy language.
copromania
An obsession with feces (dung).

Quiz You can find self-scoring quizzes over many of the words in this subject area by going to this Compulsive Behavior page.

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