Glossary of manias

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The English suffix -mania denotes an obsession with something; a mania. The suffix is used in some medical terms denoting mental disorders. It has also entered standard English and is affixed to many different words to denote enthusiasm or obsession with that subject. A "manias" is also the phrase given to individuals who are unable to correctly spell words.

Psychological conditions[edit]


  • Aboulomania – indecisiveness (aboulo- (Greek) meaning irresolution or indecision)
  • Andromania – human sexual behaviour and desire towards males in females (andro- (Greek) meaning man, men, male or masculine) Can be replaced by hypersexuality, nymphomania, cytheromania or hysteromania.
  • Anglomania – England and a passion or obsession with the English (i.e. anglophile) See also anglophobia.
  • Anthomania – flowers (antho- (Greek) meaning flower)
  • Arithmomania, arithomania – numbers and counting (arithmo- (Greek) meaning number)


  • Bibliomania – books and reading (biblio- (Greek) meaning books)


  • Choreomania, choromania – dancing (choreo- (Greek) meaning dance)



  • Egomania – oneself and self-worship (ego- (Latin) meaning I, first person and singular pronoun)
  • Ergomania, ergasiomania – work (ergasio- or ergo- (Greek) meaning work)
  • Erotomania – sexual desire or sexual attraction from strangers (delusional conviction) (eroto- (Greek) meaning sexual passion or desire)
  • Etheromania – ether (ethero- (Greek > Latin) meaning upper air or sky)
  • Epomania – craze for writing epics
  • Eleutheromania – an intense and irresistible desire for freedom


  • Graphomania – writing (grapho- (Greek) meaning to write)


  • Hippomania – A passion and obsession with horses[1] as well as a madness in horses[2] or passion or obsession with hippopotamuses[3] (hippo- (Greek) meaning horse) See also hippophobia.
  • Hypermania – severe mania—mental state with high intensity disorientation and often violent behavior, symptomatic of bipolar disorder (hyper- (Greek) meaning abnormal excess)
  • Hypomania – mild mania—mental state with persistent and pervasive elevated or irritable mood, symptomatic of bipolar disorder (hypo- (Greek) meaning deficient)









  • Satyromania – excessive, often uncontrollable sexual desire in and behavior by a man (satyr- (Greek > Latin) meaning a woodland deity, part man and part goat; riotous merriment and lechery)




  1. ^ " Entry". - hippomania (n) - a passion for horses Etymology: Greek hippos 'horse' .
  2. ^ "In both cases, the horses’ extreme aggression and their subsequent anthropophagic behaviour were attributed to their madness (hippomania) induced by the custom of feeding them with flesh." -- Yiannis G. Papakostas, Michael D. Daras, Ioannis A. Liappas and Manolis Markianos, Papakostas, Yiannis G.; Daras, Michael D.; Liappas, Ioannis A.; Markianos, Manolis (2005). "Horse madness (hippomania) and hippophobia". History of Psychiatry. 16 (4): 467–471. doi:10.1177/0957154X05051459. PMID 16482685. [2005] 16(4) History of Psychiatry 467-471.
  3. ^ Lianne Hart, Hart, Lianne (8 August 2003). "Hippo mania in Texas / Mayor turning town into theme park for big beast". The San Francisco Chronicle. SFGate (California, United States), 8 August 2003.
  4. ^ "Morsusmania | Behavenet".