I kinda disagree. I have only recently started on SSRI's and previously over the past few years I've tried and had bad reactions. So I've started and quit many of them. It didn't suck that bad. My understanding in that the SSRI's actually stop these neuropathways that are not healthy and kinda of trim off those connections that you don't want anyhow(panic, ocd and negative thoughts). I hate being on drugs but my illness is making me a bad parent and unable to pursue gainful employment and healthy relationships blah blah blah.
I made the decision that being on medication was much better then not functioning. You have to make your own decision about how and what is worth it but I would suggest you get more than one opinion before you follow your doctors advise, his advise is a little unusual-and that is fine, but for myself I shopped around until I found a woman who listened to my issues ( like needing to start at very low dosages) and whom I could trust.
I know lots of people who taper off of SSRI's successfully. OCD really sucks and maybe you want a more long term solution . I don't know your situation so keep talking here and maybe you will figure out what you want to do.