Almost like an addiction, similar to the way a pyromaniac feels about fire or burning... I don't know if there's even a word for this, seeing as it's not a common experience, but if there is, it would probably end with "maniac"?

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Psychology & Neuroscience! This question is unclear to many and would likely be closed soon. Probably you will need to read a textbook about abnormal psychology to have a big picture first. Many of such books are very easy to understand and fascinating. I'm sure you will gain more insight after just reading a few pages. $\endgroup$ – Ooker Oct 16 '19 at 13:42

Wikipedia has a list of impulse control disorders described in the DSM.

As can be seen from the list, many "official" names of impulsive disorders do not end in mania - eg, pathological gambling, sexual compulsion, compulsive buying, and the one most closely related to what is described in the question: Pathological lying. And if it doesn't fit in the latter category, then:

Disorders characterized by impulsivity that were not categorized elsewhere in the DSM-IV-TR were also included in the category "Impulse-control disorders not elsewhere classified".


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