Hi Paul, I think I have OCD which gets worse as the stress level increases. I started on Fluoxetine (a Prozac generic)but it never helped so I stopped. Most of my stress was being brought on by my inability to do simple tasks around the house. I live for tending the yard but can't do so anymore.
I find now, enough sleep and food seems to take care of my stress levels. Kay has been my lifeline and I don't think I could have survived without her.
Hope you feel better.
Yes, it's been pretty common knowledge that family members can be both the main source of support AND the main source of stress (often both).
As for taking ANY psychotropic meds, they should never be prescribed w/out ongoing psychotherapy (altho it happens all the time). All the mental health research supports the idea that drugs + counseling is more effective than drugs alone - and sometimes the drugs alone can even be harmful if no one's tracking the effects regularly - it's like being given a set of tools w/out getting the instructions how to use them.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.