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/desire towards males (in females only) [obsolete - replaced by synonyms: hypersexuality, nymphomania, cytheromania or hysteromania] => [andro-] (Greek) meaning 'man', 'men', 'male' or 'masculine'
  • Anglomania, England and the English (a passion or obsession with the English i.e. Anglophile) (see Anglophobia, opposite)
  • anthomania, flowers => [antho-] (Greek) meaning 'flower' (see anthophobia, opposite)
  • arithmomania, numbers & counting [synonym - arithomania] => [arithmo-] (Greek) meaning 'number'




  • demonomania, one's own demonic possession (delusional conviction).
  • decalcomania, decal (decorative technique of transferring specially prepared paper prints to ceramic surfaces i.e. glass, porcelain, etc.).
  • dermatillomania, picking at the skin.
  • dipsomania, alcohol => [dipso-] (Greek) meaning 'thirst'.
  • drapetomania, running away from home [pseudoscience]
  • dromomania, travel


  • egomania, oneself and self-worship => [ego-] (Latin) meaning 'I - first person/singular pronoun').
  • ergomania, work [synonym - ergasiomania] => [ergasio- or ergo-] (Greek) meaning 'work'.
  • erotomania, 1) sexual desire 2) 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


  • graphomania, writing => [grapho-] (Greek) meaning 'to write'.


  • hippomania, 1) horses (A passion or obsession with horses[1] as well as a madness in horses[2]) => [hippo-] (Greek) meaning 'horse' [see hippophobia (opposite)] 2) hippopotamuses (passion or obsession with hippopotamuses [3] => [hippo-] (Greek) meaning 'horse' & [ potamos ] (Greek) meaning 'river'.
  • 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 manic-depression => [hypo-] (Greek) meaning 'deficient'.









  • satyromania, sexual desire (in males only) => satyrisis (Late Latin); saturisis (Greek), 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, "Horse madness (hippomania) and hippophobia".  [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.