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Use different fork for different foods. If same fork is to be used , need to be washed before using. Do I suffer from OCD?

I want to know if I have OCD . When I m eating I have to use a different fork for different foods and if I have a food with sauce on it it can not touch mu other foods cause I will not eat it. Also if I goi to a resturand somethimes I can have up to 10 fifferent forks especially at a buffet. Also if I have to use the same fork I need to wash it and make sure it is clean before I use it. Also if I m going to have a salad I have to have it before my meal I will not eat it I have OCD???
Asked On : Mon, 25 Jun 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Jessica,
You have OCD- the Obcessive Compusive Disorder beyond doubt, I must admire the way you have narrated your problem, That's itself suggestive of OCD- Because OCD is the disease of perfectionists and that finer detail can be gathered and described by a perfectionist only.
Actually OCD is a psychiatric disorder- a Neurosis or you can say a mild disorder of thoughts.
Sufferer undergoes considerable morbidity because he has got a Thought which continuously haunts him may interfere with the rest/sleep and patient has intact Insight i.e. knows that his pursuit is not justifiable but still has inner Compulsion to do the Ritual that is the particular activity that gives him satisfaction.
In your case Thought is To get a clean food and with clean fork, Ritual is to ensure a clean fork is used and this cycle continues.
Other common OCDs are- Washers, Checkers etc.
Psychiatrists use Behavioral therapies to deal with it, supported by antidepressants and outcome are fantastic.
Wish you a good health.
Answered: Mon, 25 Jun 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Bimal Desai's  Response
hi this happens with food activity or other activity also ? to know this is important to diagnosed may not be if it happens with your eating activity because some times if we not like sauce than this happens?Just like if you serve non veg food to a strict vegetarian then usually this type of behave seen.
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