This disagreement probably comes from a difference in philosophy about what OCD is and how it can be overcome. I come from the school that OCD is not a life sentence, that it is a conquerable malady that takes commitment, hard work and putting up with anxiety. I know it's hard. I know it's bloody hard. Overcoming OCD takes willpower and you have to be willing to step into the great unknown, despite your OCD screaming at you that it is the wrong thing to do.
I know of only one 'expert' who has said that OCD is always conquerable and even he, in private, has told me differently! I won't bore you with all the statistics, but I will ask you this, Polar Bear, if you had not benefited from a reduction of 80 percent, thanks to your medications, can you say, with absolute certainty and honesty, that you'd be doing as well as you are with commitment and hard work alone?!
It is insulting to assume that those who remain very ill have not been prepared 'to step into the great unknown', as you phrased it, and tolerate terrible anxiety long-term. I have a dear friend, almost seventy, facing yet more exposure therapy, determined to overcome her fears. I am praying it works for her this time, because with her courage and attitude it should, if there's any justice in this world. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked for her during the past five decades, despite her determination and expert help. So, alas, there's a chance she will be bitterly disappointed yet again. Does that mean she's unwilling, unable or weak? No, it does NOT!
Well, this thread has certainly helped to achieve its aim! I am off! And, from what I have heard, I will not be alone.